After leading UNSMA
(2000-2001) and playing a central role in drafting the Bonn Agreement, Vendrell assumed, in July 2002, the position of EU representative to Afghanistan.
withdrew from offices in Afghanistan after the attacks.
It quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Maulvi Abdul Rehman Zahid as saying Taliban has informed the United Nations that its UNSMA
offices in all Afghan cities except Kabul would be closed.
He established UNSMA
offices in several major Afghan cities, believing that a constant presence in Afghanistan itself could better advance the peace process.
Earlier, Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) had reported that Taliban's Foreign Ministry has informed the UNSMA
that its office would be closed in retaliation for the U.