Nicaragua appoints non-resident ambassador to Taliban-controlled Afghanistan

The Nicaraguan government has appointed a non-resident ambassador to Afghanistan, aiming to establish diplomatic ties with the Taliban, Nicaraguan media reported.

Nicaragua expressed gratitude to the Taliban for approving its diplomat, The Tico Times reported.

“We thank the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, its people, its government, for the approval they have given to our comrade Michael Campbell as ambassador,” Vice President Rosario Murillo said on Friday, according to the pro-government website El19digital.

Murillo, who is also the wife of President Daniel Ortega, extended special thanks to the Taliban. Campbell, who currently serves as Nicaragua’s ambassador to China, will also oversee relations between Nicaragua and Afghanistan.

China also has an ambassador to Afghanistan without recognizing the Taliban.

Since the collapse of the previous government, many countries have closed their political and consular missions in Afghanistan. The Taliban has struggled to gain international recognition due to a range of issues, including women’s rights, human rights, terrorist threats, and the lack of an inclusive government.