Eklil Ahmad Hakimi
Embassy of Afghanistan
Eklil Ahmad Hakimi was born in 1968 in Kabul, Afghanistan. After graduating from Istiqlal French High School in 1985, he obtained his Master’s degree from the Kabul Polytechnic Institute. Upon the completion of his studies, Hakimi joined the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Due to the worsening situation in Kabul, Hakimi and his family moved to the United States in 1994. During his time in the U.S., Hakimi worked in engineering, banking, management and strategic planning.
In 2002, Hakimi returned to Kabul to serve as an advisor to the Finance Ministry of Afghanistan. During this time, he played a significant role in capacity building for the Ministry. In 2003, as a founding member of the Civil Service and Administrative Reform Commission, Hakimi began working to improve the structures of the Afghan government’s administrative and financial institutions.
Hakimi was appointed as Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to China in 2005. At this time, he also began serving as non-resident Ambassador to Vietnam and Magnolia. In 2009, Hakimi began his next appointment as Ambassador to Japan and non-resident Ambassador to the Philippines and Singapore. In March 2010, he returned to Kabul as the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, and in February 2011, he became Ambassador to the United States.
Hakimi’s efforts while Ambassador to the United States have played a vital role in developing important national and regional projects for the future of Afghanistan. In November 2012, he began serving as Afghanistan’s chief negotiator for the Bilateral Security Agreement, which was signed into full effect on December 1, 2014. This agreement is based on mutual respect and has solidified the foundation for a strong and lasting partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.