|Afghanistan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva|
13 September 2010
|Preceded by||Nanguyalai Tarzi|
|Afghanistan Ambassador to Russia|
|Succeeded by||Azizullah Karzai|
|Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs|
|Preceded by||Abdorrahim Sherizai|
|Succeeded by||Mohammad Kabir Farahi|
Zalmai Aziz (born 1940 in Kabul) is an Afghan diplomat and is the current ambassador of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office in Geneva and to Switzerland. He is the former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Russian Federation and the former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.
Education and Early career
Zalmai Aziz was born on 22 June 1939, in Kabul. He studied International Relations at the University of Kabul and graduated with honours. Aziz joined the Afghan Foreign Ministry in 1966 and since then worked at various departments. He was the second secretary at the Afghan embassy in Warsaw, Poland, in the 1970s and worked at the Afghan mission of the United Nations in New York in the 80s.
Career in Post-Taliban Afghanistan
After the fall of the Taliban Regime in 2011, Aziz returned to Afghanistan at the request of the Afghan Government and rejoined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He initially served as the director of the United Nations Department and soon after was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs. He held this position until the middle of 2006. As an Afghan diplomat he has participated in many bilateral and multilateral negotiations and has led Afghanistan’s delegations to a number of international conferences and meetings.
In October 2006 Aziz was summoned by the foreign relations committee of the lower house to explain accusations of corruption in various Afghan embassies. Aziz confirmed administrative corruption existed in Afghan embassies in some foreign countries and said the ministry had sent investigative teams to the Afghan embassies in Brussels, Bulgaria, Paris and some other countries.
When Aziz retired in November 2006 Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta said: "Today is indeed a sad day for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as one of our outstanding and experienced diplomats is leaving us for good; we appreciate all his invaluable hard work and contribution to this Ministry and we all wish him well." 
However, in the middle of 2007 Aziz joined the Afghan Foreign Service again. He was appointed Ambassador of Afghanistan to the Russian Federation and also concurrently serving as non- resident Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Georgia, the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of Armenia. In 2008 he said the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan was not the matter of one day, one month or one year, but this ominous phenomenon will take years to be eradicated.
On 25 May 2010 he ended his mission in Russia and was appointed Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva and Ambassador to Switzerland. On 13 September 2010, he presented his credential to H.E. Sergei Ordzhonikidze, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva and on 18 January 2011 to the President of Switzerland. He is a member of the Council of Foundation of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining.
- Video of Zalmai Aziz's address to the UN Human Rights Council on the situation of the Human Rights in Libya
- Embassy of Afghan in Switzerland: About the mission
- Afghanistan.ru: Zalmai Aziz ends his mission in Russia
- Afghan Bios: Zalmai Aziz
- Pak Tribune: Afghan embassies to be purged of corrupt officials
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Farewell Party for Deputy Minister Zalmai Aziz
- Pajhwok Afghan News (Kabul, Afghanistan) Terror fight to take several years: Zalmay Aziz
- Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining: Council of Foundation
|Afghan Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Ahmad Zia Massoud
|Afghan Ambassador to Russia
|Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister