Haron (Haroon) Amin

Haron Amin was an Afghan patriot and diplomat.

Haron Amin was born in Kabul on July 19, 1969. During the Soviet invasion, his family relocated to the United States. However, as a young man, Amin returned to Afghanistan in 1988 to fight with the Mujahideen. In 1990, Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud assigned him to work at the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C.

During the Taliban take over, Amin worked for the Afghan mission to the United Nations. He later served as an important spokesperson for UNIFSA (United National Islamic Front for the Savlation of Afghanistan), which consisted of a coalition of groups fighting against the Taliban. After the fall of the Taliban, on January 14, 2002, Amin was appointed as the chargé d’affaires to the United States by the interim Afghan government (led by Hamid Karzai). He was the highest-ranking Afghan diplomat in Washington for a year-long period in 2002-03. Then, on April 30, 2004, President Karzai appointed Amin as the Afghan Ambassador to Japan (and non-resident Ambassador to Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore). He kept this post till 2009. Based on his time spent in Tokyo, Amin wrote and published a book titled Afghan-Japan Relations: Lands Under the Rising Sun, about the relationship and similarities of the two countries.

Haron Amin died of cancer on February 15, 2015. In a letter sent to Nadim Amin (Haron's brother), Sulaiman Lutfi, Chairman of the Board and Don Ritter, Sc. D., President & CEO of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce, wrote this about Haron Amin: "He [Haron Amin] was a pleasure to work with, not only because of his energy, intelligence and diligence, but also because of an indefatigable cheerfulness and optimism... a can do spirit if there ever was one!"

by S. Ghilzai and Abdullah Qazi / Published on June 26, 2015
 

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