New Delhi - The Afghan Embassy in New Delhi hosted the first round of "Friends of RECCA" meeting on November 20. This was the second meeting of the Friends of RECCA after Washington DC as part of the Implementation Phase of the Sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA), which was held on September 3-4, 2015 in Kabul, Afghanistan.


The 2015 RECCA-VI held in Kabul last month expanded on the overarching theme “the Silk Road through Afghanistan.” It is a thematic vision that both depends on and contributes to stability within and around Afghanistan, which is located at the crossroads of the traditional East-West and North-South transport corridors of Central and South Asia.

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali welcomed the participants from 16 countries. He expressed his hope that the participants would reach a common understanding on how to best utilize the opportunities that exist within these regional partnerships for a successful implementation of RECCA VI.

The primary focus of the New Delhi Friends of RECCA meeting was a presentation by the Director General of Economic Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan, Mr. Wahidullah Waissi. Mr. Waissi, who was responsible for the organization of RECCA-VI in Kabul, spoke about the Implementation Phase of RECCA-VI during the meeting. His presentation included a discussion of key institutional requirements that accompany the implementation phase, current and future projects on energy, transit and transport, infrastructure and business to business and trade cooperation and role of awareness to the importance of the RECCA.

The New Delhi Friends of RECCA meeting participants included ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps—from India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United States and representatives from the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and Asian Development Bank.


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