Tuesday, April 24, 2018


Ambassador Mahmoud SAIKAL

Ambassador Mahmoud SAIKAL

H.E. Mahmoud SAIKAL
Ambassador and Permanent Representative
of I.R of Afghanistan to the United Nations

Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal is the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations.
He is a senior Afghan diplomat and international development specialist with over two decades of experience with governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society.

As Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Ambassador Saikal successfully presided over Afghanistan’s first ever campaign for a seat in the Human Rights Council (2018-2020). He is one of the Vice Presidents of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly. Under his leadership, Afghanistan has been a member of the Economic and Social Council (January 2016-2018). He is also the Deputy Vice Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People. Additionally, Ambassador Saikal serves as an honorary member of the New York based Foreign Policy Association.

He has served as Special Representative and Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs (Economic Portfolio), Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia and New Zealand, Honorary Consul to Australia, First Secretary and later Counsellor Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo.

Ambassador Saikal has been instrumental in the negotiation of various agreements, including the 2014 agreement on the formation of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan, the “Afghanistan Compact” which was launched at the London International Conference on Afghanistan in 2006, as well as the 2006 Afghanistan-NATO Declaration, which set out the Framework for Enduring Cooperation in Partnership.

He has been deeply involved in the promotion of regional cooperation, resulting in Afghanistan’s membership in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), strengthening Afghanistan’s membership in Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), and the formulation of the process of Regional Economic Cooperation Conferences on Afghanistan (RECCA).   

Between 2012 and 2015, Ambassador Saikal, as convener of Afghanistan Policy Group (APG), led a major regional track II process between Afghanistan and its neighbors, facilitated by the prominent German think tank FES.

In his extensive experience in the development sector, Ambassador Saikal has served as CEO and JICA Senior Advisor for Kabul New City Development, World Bank Consultant  where he authored the policy paper of ‘Afghanistan and Economic Regionalism’ and UNDP International Advisor to the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS).

In August 2015, he presented the Key Priorities and Work Plan for Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Office to the Afghan Council of Ministers.

Ambassador Saikal is the recipient of a “First Class Merit Award” from the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and “Best Ambassador Award” from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. He has also been presented an “Honorary Membership Award” by Rotary International.

He has a Master’s Degree in International Development from Deakin University of Melbourne, as well as two bachelor degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Canberra. He graduated with First Class French Baccalaureate from Lycee Esteqlal of Kabul. He was a visiting fellow at Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University (2007-2010).

He is fluent in English, Dari and Pashto and familiar with French and Arabic. Ambassador Saikal is married with a son specializing in international development and a daughter practicing law.   



Permanent Mission of Afghanistan