Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi inaugurated an exhibition titled “Made in Afghanistan: Nature’s Best” which was graced by the presence of several eminent business leaders from Afghanistan and India on July 13, 2018 in New Delhi.

Held in ITC Maurya Hotel, this two-day exhibition was organized by Afghanistan in collaboration with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Roots of Peace which showcases Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts and spices.

During his remarks at the event, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the Afghan traders to India and acknowledged USAID”s initiative in reinforcing this exhibition and for choosing best title for the exhibition. He also spoke about the latest joint initiatives of Afghanistan in India in order to further boost the trade relations.

Dr. Abdali also stated that the past exhibition, Passage to prosperity earned great success of 250 USD million and the upcoming series of Passage to prosperity scheduled to be held this year in Mumbai would be a major event. The Afghan Ambassador also discussed about trade volume between Afghanistan and India which has increased to 900 Million USD and the scope to target USD 2 billion in near future.

Urging over the steady assistance by USAID and India, Dr. Abdali emphasized on the need to institutionalise agricultural sector in Afghanistan. 

 During his speech, the Afghan Ambassador suggested Afghanistan-India-US to have a trilateral chamber of commerce in order to forge enhanced business activities between the three countries.

It is worth mentioning that over 500 Indian commercial importers will be meeting Afghan exporters and explore business relationships during the two day event. Business seminars, one- on- one meeting will all form part of this comprehensive two day meet. 

Realising the vital importance of India in Afghanistan’s export trade, the Afghan government has launched several such initiatives to encourage Afghan companies to look at Indian export opportunities and this is one key promotion launched over the last one year.

 

To pay tribute to the loss of 17 Afghan Sikh and Hindus in the recent attack in Jalalabad city, Nangarhar, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi extended condolence to the Afghan Sikh community in a gathering organized by the Indian Sikh community in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib on July 9, 2018.

This gathering was also attended by Gen. VK Singh the State Minister for External Affairs, India.

During his remarks, the Afghan Ambassador stated that it wasn’t an attack on Afghan Sikh and Hindus, but was an attack on the entire Afghan nation and its unity. He also called upon India and Afghanistan to further strengthen their resolve against the common threats and challenges faced by both countries.

Dr. Abdali added that the government of Afghanistan is ready to extend any kind of assistance to the Sikh and Hindu Communities in Afghanistan.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Paramjit Singh Sama, President, Harvidner Singh Sarma, Secretary-General and a number of authorities of Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi (SADD) in Balkh Hall of the Embassy on July 6, 2018.

The aim of the meeting was to seek protection of the Afghan and Sikh communities in Afghanistan.

Welcoming the SADD authorities, Ambassador Abdali spoke about the old-aged historical and cultural relations between India and Afghanistan and stated that these relations are based on values that are shared between the people of both the nations. Dr. Abdali further stated that Afghanistan, with diverse cultural and religious values won’t let anyone to refract its unity.

The Afghan Ambassador praised the role of the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan historically and added: “Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan have also played a noticeable role in boosting the Afghan economy.

During the meeting, the SADD authorities sought from the government of Afghanistan to help the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan and allow another representative to run for the parliamentarian elections. Extending condolence to the attendees, over the loss of Awtar Singh including 16 Sikh and Hindu Afghans, the Afghan Ambassador assured them of Afghan government’s efforts in order to get a representative for the Sikh and Hindu community to run for the upcoming Afghan Parliamentarian elections.

The SADD authorities also sought for the protection of the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan, in response, the Afghan Ambassador vouched the Afghan government’s plans of protecting the minor communities in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Ambassador stressed over the significance of the unity of India and Afghanistan in order to fight the common enemy, which is terrorism.

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India extended his condolences for the loss of 17 Sikh and Hindu Afghans in a recent attack in Afghanistan. He participated in a gathering held in Guru Arjan Dev Ji Kabuli Gurdwara, New Delhi on July 4, 2018.

In his remarks, the Afghan Ambassador expressed his sorrow over the loss of 17 Sikh and Hindu Afghans including Awtar Singh, the representative of the Sikh and Hindu community in  Afghanistan and the candidature to the upcoming parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. He further stated that “Late Awtar Singh wasn’t only representing the Sikh and Hindu communities in the country, but was the representative of the whole country.”

 Reflecting on the personality of Awtar Singh, the Afghan Ambassador termed him a true Afghan, a hero and a real patriot whose path will be followed by all other Afghans.

Dr. Abdali called upon the Sikh and Hindu communities in Afghanistan to choose another representative in order to replace Awtar Singh to run for the Afghan parliament.

This gathering was also attended by Afghan diplomats and the Indian government officials.

 

 

 

 

 

To commemorate the loss of 17 Sikh and Hindu Afghans in latest attack in Afghanistan, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with the elders and representatives of Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities including Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Prem Singh Chandumajra members of the Indian Parliament and Manjit Singh, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president in Balkh Hall of the Embassy on July 3, 2018.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador conveyed his grief and sorrow over the loss of 16 Sikh and one Hindu Afghans including Awtar Singh, the Sikh Parliamentary candidate in the recent suicide attack in Jalalabad City, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan.

Terming the Afghan Sikh and Hindu communities as one of the pillars of the deep rooted and historical relations between India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador added: “We all are the victims of terrorism and we share the same pain and enemy. This attack was an attack on diversity and unity of Afghan communities and in order to preserve this unity and diversity, we need to fight our common enemy; terrorism together.”

Remembering Awtar Singh, Dr. Abdali said he was a real patriot and representative of the whole country. His only wish was to help in bringing peace and stability to his country, Afghanistan. “This is a legacy for us and we all need to follow his path”, added the Afghan Ambassador.

During the meeting, the Afghan Sikh and Hindu representatives also shared their problems and challenges they are faced with in Afghanistan which were addressed by the Afghan Ambassador. Dr. Abdali vowed to share these concerns with the government of Afghanistan in order to take necessary action upon the same.