H.E. Dr. Shaida Abdali met with Shri Amarndra Khatua, Director General-Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) at the latter’s office on April 3, 2017.

The purpose of the meeting was to seek ICCR‘s partnership with the Afghan Embassy in co-organizing the Indo-Afghan cultural week in order to further strengthen cultural ties between the two friendly nations.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali thanked the ICCR for supporting Afghanistan in higher education through offering scholarship and training courses. The Afghan Ambassador also spoke about the deep and historical cultural ties between India and Afghanistan and added “the cultural week will be a highlight of the especial and exceptional relations existing between the two countries.”

Khatua expressed his support to take part in Afghanistan-India Cultural week and stated that ICCR will make necessary preparation and arrangement involving various government ministries and agencies.

The Cultural Week will be a demonstration of the historical and cultural bonds which will include seminars, joint folklore music concerts, exhibitions, as well as cultural programs presented by the students and other performing groups from the two countries.

During the meeting Dr. Abdali sought ICCR’s support in facilitating further educational opportunities for the Afghan students, family support scheme for MPhil and PhD students and implementing 500 scholarship schemes for the families of martyrs.

Director General of ICCR apprised Afghan Ambassador of the increased monthly stipend for ICCR students which will take effect soon.

Further on, Ambassador Abdali requested the ICCR’s Director General to provide long term visa for Afghan students and to issue provisional degree to the students upon their graduation until they get their actual degree.

Mr. Mirwais Nazari, Third Secretary to the Embassy and in charge of education section was also present in the meeting.

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