Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali along with Khan Jan Alkozai, Deputy Head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chaired a session reviewing the Afghan exhibition at India International Trade Fair-2017 at Balkh hall, Embassy of Afghanistan-New Delhi on 16th Nov, 2017.

The session was participated by more than 20 representatives from different Afghan business entities and companies who had exhibited their products at the fair.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the traders to the Embassy and noted upon the great work done at the exhibition. Dr. Abdali appreciated the trader’s efforts in making this exhibition a success at the IITF.

Speaking about the value of going onto international platforms, the Afghan Ambassador stated: “We are happy that through such exhibitions, we are able to further boost our trade links with other countries.”

The meeting concluded with traders sharing the challenges they were faced with during the exhibition. The traders conveyed suggestions too in order to bring improvements in the next year’s pavilion at the IITF.



Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali inaugurated Afghanistan’s exhibition pavilion at India International Trade Fair (IITF) held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on 14th November 2017.

The on-going 37th round of IITF will continue till 27th November 2017.  The exhibition brought more than 80 Afghan companies in New Delhi, showcasing various Afghan products such as dry fruits, saffron, Afghan rugs, jewelries as well as gems.

The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Afghan Ambassador at the Afghanistan Pavilion.  Ambassador Abdali, emphasized on the importance of such events which further cements trade links on international domain.

 “It promotes Afghan exports to all over the world”, he added.

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) coordinated with Afghan traders to participate in the on-going IITF in New Delhi which aims at promoting Afghanistan at an International platform in order to attract buyers from different countries including India.

Themed “Startup India: Stand up India”, the India International Trade Fair saw participation of 22 countries and 3000 national and international companies.  IITF is an annual mega trade event which is organized by India Trade Promotion Organization to assist traders from different countries in order to expand trade links across the globe.



The Afghan Ambassador, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali participated in the 549th birth anniversary of Guru Baba Nanak along with Afghan Sikhs on 7th November 2017.

At the outset, the participating Delhi based Afghan Sikhs and Hindus welcomed the Afghan Ambassador for the celebrations.

Thanking for the warm welcome by the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus, the Afghan Ambassador congratulated them on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary and lauded the Sikh and Hindu c communities in Afghanistan who have always remained united along with the rest of Afghans in Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that this was the closing ceremony of the birth anniversary of Guru Baba Nanak in New Delhi which was celebrated by Afghan Hindus and Sikhs in different provinces in Afghanistan.

 The Afghan Ambassador, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali spoke at the International Seminar of “Dari-Persian Literature during Late Mugul Period” on 7th November 2017 at Ghalib Academy, New Delhi.

While addressing the seminar Dr. Abdali, touched upon the brilliant history of Dari-Persian language in India and contribution of the Indian poets, the mystics and Ghaznawi, Ghori, Khelji, Aibak, Lodis, Suri, Gurganus monarchies in spreading Dari-Persian literature in India and recalled: “In spite of being supported by all means, the kings were writing poems in Dari-Persian too and the names of Sultan Sikandar Lodi, Salim Jahangeer, and his Kandahari queen, his granddaughter Noor Jahan and later on Zebulnesa were included in this list.

Referring to the history of research about introducing the Dari-Persian culture in India, the Afghan Ambassador included: “I, on behalf of my country Afghanistan and my culture loving people appreciate the researches and efforts made in spreading and educating Dari-Persian in India.”

It is worth mentioning that this two-day seminar was organized by Persian Foundation of India, Ghalib Academy and Bedil Foundation-Tehran saw participation of array of experts from different academic centers of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Iran.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali delivered a speech on “Indo-Afghan Relations and Recent Trends” at the Civil Services Officer’s Institute (CSOI) on 5th November 2017, in New Delhi.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador termed the relations between the people of India and Afghanistan as historical and deep-rooted and appreciated India’s assistance to Afghanistan over different courses of history, post-2001 in particular.

The Afghan Ambassador, during his address, spoke about the’ Strategic Partnership Agreement’ as the framework of cooperation between India and Afghanistan.

Lauding the outcomes of the 2nd Strategic Partnership Council Meeting held on December this year, Ambassador Abdali conveyed his gratitude to India for extending its assistance to Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdali also noted upon regional connectivity and emphasized on its significance and added that projects such as CASA-1000, TAPI and CHABAHAR Port will further enhance the connectivity between the South Asian and Central Asian countries.

During the speech, the Afghan Ambassador also pointed upon the new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia and stressed on the importance of a mechanism through which the strategy is implemented.

He also touched upon the India-US-Afghanistan trilateral meeting and added: “The joint India-US-Afghanistan cooperation, aimed at bringing stability to the region and creating a regional consensus, which is extremely important.”

It is worth mentioning that CSOI is a society registered firm which was set up in 1998. It aims at promoting the welfare of the officers of the Civil Services and is organizing seminars, symposiums, talks and debates to meet the needs and challenges of the modern day civil administration.