Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India met with Prof. D P Singh, the Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) on May 17, 2018.

The meeting aimed at establishing the Pashto language chair for the Masters course within the department of languages at Jawaharlal University (JNU), Delhi.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali noted upon India’s assistance to Afghanistan in various areas, especially in education and capacity building.

Referring to the importance of a Pashto language chair at JNU, the Afghan Ambassador solicited the UGC chairman to allocate special budget for the chair of the Pashto department at the JNU.

In response, the UGC Chairman informed the Afghan Ambassador of a commission specially assigned to work on the same and stated that the budget will be finalised within three weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of to India met with the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) delegates at the Embassy on May 14, 2018.

The delegation was led Greg Huger, Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA).

During the meeting, the delegation from the USAID shared their plan for Afghanistan’s developmental projects, emphasizing on USAID’s cooperation with Afghanistan in the framework of the United States policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Both sides discussed the upcoming 2nd exhibition, titled ‘Passage to Prosperity’ too which is due to be held in September this year in Mumbai city.

The delegation from the USAID briefed the Afghan Ambassador about the recent project of USAID by establishing one-stop shop for customs clearance which was an outcome of 13th Annual US-Afghanistan business matchmaking conference held in Washington DC in April, 2018 in which an agreement was signed between Afghanistan’s Aviation department and USAID for the processing of the products at the Afghanistan airports starting from Kabul, Herat, Kandahar and Mazar-e Sharif.

The one-stop shop for customs clearance was inaugurated at Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport this month for strengthening the exports of Afghanistan and encouraging domestic production.

While discussing further growth for Afghan businesses, Dr. Abdali proposed ‘Afghanistan Product Zone’ to be established in India in order to provide better market and expedite the export activities from Afghanistan. Moreover, he suggested a joint chambers of cooperation between Afghanistan, United States and India for creating effective economic viability among the three as well as in the region.

The Afghan Ambassador added: “India is supportive and has the potential to assist Afghanistan. USAID’s projects in collaboration with India will bring forth significant achievements in development of Afghanistan”.

The discussion held between the Afghan Ambassador and delegates from USAID was fruitful towards creating more economic opportunities as well as strengthening the trilateral cooperation between the US-Afghanistan and India.

The interaction also highlighted on timely meetings for getting updates and necessary actions for expediting the projects on Afghanistan and continued exhibitions like ‘Passage to Prosperity for future benefits and mutual understandings.

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Afghanistan Ambassador to India inaugurated a one-day Afghan Painting and Handicraft Exhibition which was held on May 14, 2018 at the Embassy of Afghanistan-New Delhi.

The exemplary work of Afghan artists were exhibited at the Gandahara Hall of the Embassy, showcasing more than 40 paintings,  handicrafts, including art work on gemstones depicting historical background of Afghanistan.

While Congratulating the Afghan artists for their impeccable art work through this exhibition, the Afghan Ambassador appreciated their cultural art work and added “The remarkable art works are the main pillars of development and sustenance of communities and that no society can progress in the absence of culture. Indeed our cultural values will bring giant strides in future, the culture which is based on diversity, tolerance, humility, deep knowledge and understanding.”

Referring to the importance of holding such cultural events and exhibitions, Dr. Abdali said that it can transcend cultural boundaries especially in the context of relations between Afghanistan and India.

At the end of the exhibition, the Afghan artists and businessmen were awarded with certificates and appreciation letters.

It is worth mentioning that diplomats and artists from both India and Afghanistan and art lovers from across the city participated in this exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

Vijay Jolly, the Leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) along with his team met with Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi at the latter’s office on May 14, 2018.

The duo discussed boosting ties between the parliaments of Afghanistan and India and the efforts of both the nations towards further strengthening the people-to-people relations.

During the meeting the BJP Leader expressed interest about traveling to Afghanistan, studying the people-to-people relations with the aim to further strengthen the relations between the two nations

The Afghan Ambassador proposed the establishment of India-Afghanistan Friendship Association in Delhi. Mr. Jolly welcomed the Idea and expressed his readiness to take the lead on the proposal from the Indian side.

The Afghan Ambassador appreciated the notion of working towards further connecting the people of both the nations and assured them of any kind of cooperation by the embassy in this regard. 

In response to the request of BJP Leader for cooperation in releasing the kidnapped Indian engineers, the Afghan Ambassador briefed them about the serious work of the Afghan government in order to release the kidnapped Indian engineers.

The meeting ended discussing the ways to further enhance the relations between the two nations.

 

 

 

The Office of Defence Attaché of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi held a banquet dinner for the Military Attaches based in New Delhi on May 12, 2018.

The dinner function was marked as a special event with an aim to strengthened friendly relations with the Military Attaches of the world in India and attracting military assistance in combating terrorism and capacity building of the Afghan National Army.

While welcoming the guests, Col. Karimullah Karim, the Military Attaché of the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan spoke about the pivotal role of the Military forces of Afghanistan in fighting against terrorism.

He lauded the international community’s assistance in boosting the capacities of the Afghan National Army and by providing military equipment. Col. Karim solicited for continued international assistance and support in order to curb terrorism.

In between the dinner session a short documentary on Afghan National Army was played.  In addition to the Military Attaches of the countries based in New Delhi, the event was joined by Wg. Comdr. Jasmin-Protocol Division, Ministry of Defence Affairs-India and the representatives of Political, Protocol and Administration departments of the Afghan embassy.