Masood Khalili, also Massoud Khalili and Masud Khalili is an Afghan diplomat, linguist and urbane poet. Khalili is the son of the famous Dari language and Afghan poet laureate, Ustad Khalilullah Khalili. On September 9, 2001, Ambassador Khalili was sitting next to Commander Massoud when two men posing as journalists set off a bomb placed in their camera. Commander Massoud was assassinated and Ambassador Khalili survived, and had to spend months undergoing multiple reconstructive surgeries to recover from the serious injuries he suffered in the attack.
After his recovery, he was made the Ambassador of Afghanistan to Turkey and he is currently the first Afghan Ambassador to Spain.