Following the establishment of direct bilateral relations with Sri Lanka, H.E. Azizuddin Ahmadzada was appointed as the first Ambassador of Afghanistan. He presented his credentials to former H.E. President Mahinda Rajapaksa on November 29, 2013. He formerly served as the Director-General of the First Political Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. Prior to his appointment, H.E. Shaida Mohammad Abdali served as Afghanistan’s non-resident Ambassador to Sri Lanka.