On a trip to Bhopal, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India visited Sehore, Shahjapur, Raisen, Selwanie and Akodia districts from December 30 2017 to 1st January 2018.

During his trip which was organized by All India Pakhtoon Jargah-e-Hind, headed by Saeedullah Khan, the Afghan Ambassador met with Afghan families who are settled in Bhopal for more than 300 years, when the city was built by Sardar Dost Mohammad Khan.

Thanking for extending warm welcome which was witnessed by a huge crowd, Dr. Abdali during his address noted upon the old-aged cultural relations between India and Afghanistan and asked the participants to work together in bringing the two countries closer.  

Remembering the inception of the joint anti-violence movement by India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador said: We imbibed the culture of Mahatma Gandhi and Khān Abdul Ghaffār Khān, who was also called 'Frontier Gandhi' in British India. "Their relationship was both personal and political and still holds profound relevance,"

On his visit to Sanchi, a Buddhist complex recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which is famous for the Great Stupa, Dr. Abdali spoke about the history that India and Afghanistan shares since centuries and added: “"Afghanistan also got the Buddhas of Bamiyan through its links with India, On the other hand, Indian sub-continent gained Sufism through its connect with Afghanistan,"

Hinting about rebuilding the Bamyan statues in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali, said that the Afghan government has already taken initiative with UNESCO for rebuilding the Buddha statues which were demolished by Taliban in 2001.   Ambassador Abdali also welcomed assistance of India to recreate the Buddha of Bamyan.

In a separate meeting with the Afghan students studying in Bhopal, the Afghan Ambassador addressed the students and assured them of Afghan Embassy’s support and cooperation.

It is worth mentioning that the series of private visits of the Afghan Ambassador to other states of India will continue in future to explore history, knowledge and culture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Envisioning in expanding the air freight corridor to other cities in India, the Kabul-Mumbai cargo was flagged off by Vice President of Afghanistan Mohammad Sarwar Danish on December 27, 2017.

The inception of Kabul-Mumbai air freight corridor is creating positive hope for taking economic ties between India-Afghanistan to an upward trajectory.

H.E Ashok Gajapathi Raju Minister of Civil Aviation, India had expressed India’s interest in expanding air corridor to other cities during the ‘Passage to Prosperity’ exhibition held in September this year.

The Kabul-Mumbai corridor will help expand the export of the Afghan fresh fruits and other commodities. The Kabul side freighted 40 tons of apples and Mumbai exported 40 tons of bananas and tomatoes to Kabul.

Inaugurated by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the first air-corridor between India and Afghanistan was initiated in June this year. The first direct air cargo from New Delhi- Kabul freighted 100 tons of cargo, mainly pharmaceuticals, water purifiers and medical equipment

The current volume of trade between Afghanistan and India is $700 million annually. Keeping in view, Afghanistan’s vision to achieve a target of USD 10 billion in trade between India and Afghanistan over the next five years, Kabul-Mumbai route set lots of expectations in expanding and enhancing trade between the two nations.

The expansion of air freight corridor sets positive hopes for the growth of trade between India and Afghanistan.  Major imports from Afghanistan to India are fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, raisins, vegetables, oilseeds, precious and semi-precious stones, etc.

 

 

Adam Burakowski, the Ambassador of Poland to India and Non-Resident Ambassador to Afghanistan paid a courtesy call upon Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on December 19, 2017.

Welcoming the newly appointed counterpart, Dr. Abdali congratulated Ambassador Adam Burakowski for his new tenure in India and Afghanistan.

The due exchanged views on bilateral ties between Afghanistan and Poland and discussed ways to further enhance ties between both the countries.

Referring to security challenges in the region and Afghanistan in particular, the Afghan Ambassador expressed concern over state sponsorship terrorism and stressed on the pressing need for sincere cooperation of the neighboring countries in fighting against terrorism.

The Polish Ambassador solicited the Afghan Embassy’s cooperation in facilitating a meeting with the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to present him with his credentials.

Both the envoys exchanged views on further strengthening the ties between the two nations and assured each other of the cooperation from both sides. 

A team of Taekwondo medalists from Afghanistan was conferred with appreciation letters by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi on December 18, 2017.

Forty members of the Taekwondo team made a winning streak with 24 gold, 12 silver and 4 bronze medals by securing the second position in the South Asian Taekwondo Festival held in Dehradun, Uttarakhand this year. India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Malaysia were among the competitors in this festival.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India, addressed the participants and congratulated the champions for their achievement and in bringing pride for the country and he added, “We have witnessed extraordinary success in sports since 2001; this is something the world wasn’t expecting from us. Watching our young taekwondo players coming up with such victories is indeed a pride for our people and country.”

The medalists were conferred with certificates of appreciation by the Ambassador of Afghanistan. 

The Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi conferred the members of Afghan Youth Parliament with appreciation letters followed with breakfast on December 15, 2017 at Gandahara Hall in New Delhi.

While addressing the participants, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India appreciated the members of Afghan Youth Parliament for their success over the recent International Youth Conference for peace 2017. Motivating them to work hard towards achieving peace and stability in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali said: “Afghanistan was one of the very first countries along with India who incepted the non-violence movement, while this is the responsibility of our young generation to follow what our ancestors did 100 years back.”

While touching upon the age-old cultural relations between India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador said: “the historical monuments in each part of India indicate the depth of our cultural relations with India.”

During the gathering, Dr. Kamal Sadat, the Deputy Minister of Youth, Afghanistan thanked the Embassy of Afghanistan in India for cooperation in organizing the International Youth Conference for Peace 2017 and making it a success. Dr. Sadat solicited the Embassy of Afghanistan in India for such of more cooperation in future.

The members of the Afghan Youth Parliament were awarded with appreciation letters by the Ambassador of Afghanistan and diplomats.

The members of Afghan Youth Parliament have recently participated in International youth Conference for Peace2017 held at Nehru Memorial Museum and Library in New Delhi.  The event was organized by Afghanistan’s Youth Parliament, India Foundation, Deputy Ministry of Youth-Afghanistan and United Nations (UN) Youth in close coordination with the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi to mark Afghanistan’s Youth year. The conference saw participation of youth from 50 countries across the world.