Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India spoke at the “International Youth Conference for Peace-2017” on December 13, 2017 in Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi.

Aimed to mark the Afghanistan’s Youth year, the conference was organized by Afghanistan’s Youth Parliament, India Foundation, Deputy Ministry of Youth-Afghanistan and United Nations (UN) Youth in the close coordination with Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi.

M.J Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathor, Youth and Sports Minister of India and Dr. Kamal Sadat, Deputy Minister of Youth’s Affairs, Afghanistan were among the guests in this conference which witnessed participation of youth from 50 countries across the world.

In the opening remarks, Ambassador Abdali lauded Afghan government’s initiative and appreciated the Afghan Youth Parliament, India Foundation and other organizers effort for celebrating Afghanistan’s Youth Year-2017 in Indian Capital city.

Dr. Abdali noted upon the significant and dynamic role of Afghan youth in bringing peace and stability. He added that such conferences will enhance a spirit of mutual learning and respect for fostering and creating networks that span the globe.

During his address, M.J. Akbar referred to the agenda of this conference which emphasizes on peace and added: “this clearly shows Afghan youth are athirst of peace and it also indicates that they are working hard towards brining stability to their country and the region. M.J. Akbar, during his remarks announced Indian government’s full support to such initiatives and programs in order to help the Afghan youth raise their voices.

During the conference, an award was conferred to H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan for supporting in reinforcement of Afghan youth that was received by Mukhtarullah Mukhtar, President’s Protocol Chief on his behalf.

At the end, a number of young leaders from around the world were awarded with certificates and appreciation letters for their achievements throughout the year.

The conference was concluded by closing remarks presented by Hamid Tahzeeb, the First Secretary to the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi.

This year the Government of Afghanistan has announced Afghanistan’s Youth Year after the Afghan Youth Parliament was inaugurated in 2016 to channelize the young population’s enthusiasm and effervescent spirit in an optimistic direction that will pave the way in bringing peace, prosperity and development in Afghanistan.

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