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Mr. Zahir Tanin was appointed Ambassador to the United Nations on December 19, 2006.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Tanin was an Editor of BBC World Service Persian/Pashto Section in Afghanistan in 2003-2006 and Afghanistan and Central Asia, Persian Section, in 2001-2003. Before that, he worked as Senior Producer (2000 to 2001) and Producer (1995 to 2000).

Having started his career in 1980 as a journalist in Kabul, Mr. Tanin came to BBC from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was a Research Fellow at the International Relations Department in 1994 to 1995. Prior to that, he was a freelance writer in France (1992-1993) and Editor-in-Chief of Afkbar-e-Haftah and Sabawoon Magazine. Mr. Tanin was co-author of The Communist Regime in Afghanistan, a comprehensive study of the political and social changes in Afghanistan from 1978 to 1992, and authored Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century. He also produced a 29-part programmed entitled The Oral History of Afghanistan in the 20th Century, broadcast by the BBC.

A graduate of the Kabul Medical University, Mr. Tanin has also completed several BBC broadcasting, media management, finance management and other courses, as well as an extensive one-year BBC leadership programme.

Born on May 1 1956, Mr. Tanin is married with two children.

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Permanent Mission of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New York

633 Third Avenue Floor 27A
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-972 1212
Fax: 212-972 1216


Website: http://www.afghanistan-un.org/

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