Nanguyalai Tarzi

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Nanguyalai Tarzi
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Afghanistan Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the United Nations office and other International Organisations in Geneva
In office
2012 – Present

Nanguyalai Tarzi (Persian: ننگیالی طرزی, Pashto: ننګیالۍ طرزۍ‎ – is a high-ranking Afghan diplomat who is currently the Afghan Ambassador to Switzerland and Permanent Representative to the United Nations office and other International Organisations based in Geneva. Tarzi previously was the Afghan Ambassador in India, and before that he was Permanent Representative to United Nations Office at Geneva and Afghan Ambassador to Switzerland, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan and Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Iran. From 1980s to 1990s, Tarzi was Permanent Observer of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to the United Nations, Geneva and Vienna and Senior Political Adviser and Deputy Permanent Observer of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to the United Nations, New York. In the 1970s, Tarzi was Afghan Diplomat in Washington D.C., United States.

1960–70: Education and academic life[edit]

Tarzi is member of the prominent Afghan Tarzi family and is mentioned as notable member on the website of the Tarzi Family Historical Society.[1]

Tarzi graduated from Kabul University with distinction degree in Law and Diplomatic Relations in 1964. He went on to complete a doctorate in Sorbonne University in International Public Law at the Faculté de Droit et sciences économiques in Paris, France in 1970. His Doctorate Thesis: “Les Relation Afghano-Russes”. Avec mention “Trés bien”, was Candidate for the Best Thesis of 1970. Tarzi began his career as an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science in Kabul University from December 1964 to June 1970.

Tarzi is proficient in Dari (Persian), Pashto, French and English and has a basic knowledge of Arabic.

1970–2002: Diplomat[edit]

Tarzi's diplomatic career began in June 1970 by working for the Department of Information in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul. From December 1973 until November 1977, Tarzi was Second Secretary of the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C. to the United States of America. Then from December 1977 to November 1978, Tarzi was Chief of Department of International Financial & Economic Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabul.

In 1979 after the Communist had seized power in Afghanistan, Tarzi began working as International Civil Servant Diplomat for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). From November 1979 until September 1986, Tarzi was the Senior Political Adviser at the Office of the Permanent Observer Mission of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to the United Nations, New York. From November 1986 to November 1992, Tarzi was Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Observer of OIC to the United Nations, New York.

In 1992, Tarzi established the first office of the OIC in Geneva. From November 1992 to January 2000, Tarzi was Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the OIC to the United Nations Office and other International Organisations at Geneva. Simultaneously, from August 1997 to January 2000, Tarzi was Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the OIC to UNIDO, UNODC and United Nations office at Vienna.

In January 2001 to November 2002, Tarzi became Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Tehran, Iran.

2002–present: Ambassador[edit]

In 2002, after the fall of the Taliban Regime in Afghanistan, Tarzi was appointed as Afghan Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Pakistan, from December 2002 to December 2007. As Ambassador to Pakistan, Tarzi was member of a Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States.[2]

From January 2007 to May 2010, Tarzi became Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations office and other International Organisations based in Geneva. Simultaneously, from 21 June 2007 till May 2010, Tarzi was Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Switzerland.

From March 2010 to June 2012, Tarzi was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to India and Non-Resident Ambassador to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

In 2012, Tarzi became Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations office and other International Organisations and Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Switzerland based in Geneva.

Diplomatic record[edit]

Date Representing Position Mission
2012–Present Afghanistan Ambassador Geneva, Switzerland
2012–Present Afghanistan Ambassador and Permanent Representative United Nations Office at Geneva
2010–2012 Afghanistan Ambassador and non-resident ambassador New Delhi, India and Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka
2007–2010 Afghanistan Ambassador Geneva, Switzerland
2007–2010 Afghanistan Ambassador and Permanent Representative United Nations Office at Geneva
2002–2007 Afghanistan Ambassador Pakistan
2001–2002 United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Director Tehran, United Nations
1992–2000 Organisation of the Islamic Conference Ambassador and Permanent Observer United Nations Office at Geneva and United Nations Office at Vienna
1986–1992 Organisation of the Islamic Conference Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Observer New York, United Nations
1979–1986 Organisation of the Islamic Conference Senior Political Adviser New York, United Nations
1977–1978 Afghanistan Deputy Head of International Financial and Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kabul, Afghanistan
1973–1977 Afghanistan Second Secretary Washington D.C., United States
1970-1973 Afghanistan Desk Officer, Department of Information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kabul, Afghanistan

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