Askar Khan Afshar

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Persian ambassador Askar Khan Afshar, in Paris from July 1808 to April 1810, by Madame Vavin.
Askar Khan Afshar received by Napoleon I at Saint-Cloud, 4 September 1808, by Benjamin Zix.

Askar Khan Afshar (Persian: عسکر خان افشار‎) was a Persia ambassador who was sent to Paris, during the period of the Franco-Persian alliance.[1] He arrived in Paris on 20 July 1808 and met Napoleon on 4 September 1808 at Château de Saint-Cloud.[2] He left in April 1810, as Persia in turn allied with Great Britain, then France's enemy in the Napoleonic Wars.

Askar Khan Afshar's posting in Paris partly coincided with that of the Ottoman Empire ambassador Muhib Efendi.

In 1817, Askar Khan was appointed to be a mehmandar i.e. an official guide of Russian embassy headed by general Yermolov. [3]


  1. ^ Napoleon and Persia Iradj Amini, p.140
  2. ^ Persia and Napoleon A Lecture by Ambassador Iradj Amini (Qajar) at the "Iran Society," - London, December 17, 1997 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2011-12-09.
  3. ^ Narrative of a Journey Into Persia... p. 91