President Ashraf Ghani has asked Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani to step down from his position as tensions between the two have peaked, sources said Monday.
"President Ghani has lost his trust on Salahuddin Rabbani and asked Rabbani to walk away from his position," the sources said," Despite persist of the Foreign Minister, the President is not even willing to meet him soon."
The recent tensions between the two peaked, when Rabbani recently visited Russia and the President has considered the Foreign Minister's trip-report contrary to government polıcy.
"After Salahuddin Rabbani's visit to Russia, the President was refusing to meet Rabbani for his performance reporting on most occasions,"
"When Rabbani met Ghani after days of waiting, the trip-report of the Foreign Minister was not accepted by the President, and he has angerly asked Rabbani again to step down because of being incompetence and lack of performance," the sources added.
However, Nabi Misdaq, press advisor to President Ghani rejected the claims made by the sources, adding that the President and Foreign Minister has close relations.
"There are no tensions between the two and these are all rumors, he [Rabbani] was together with President Ghani during the opening ceremony of the new parliament building. When the parliament has disqualified Rabbani, the President has referred the issue to Supreme court ruling because Ghani did not want him to leave."