Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali participated as a Key – speaker at the 3rd annual Pune Dialogue on National Security held on 15-16 September 2017.   Themed at “Current Global World Order” the dialogue aimed at providing inputs for formulating a comprehensive National Security Policy and to deliberate upon important matters of national security with broader approach.

The third edition of Pune Dialogue on National Security was organized by Pune International Centre in association with Policy Perspectives Foundation (PPF), the Tribune Trust of Chandigarh, and Centre for Advanced Strategic Studies (CASS) Pune and the Sakal Social Foundation.

Ambassador Abdali, in his speech stated Afghan War was the waterloo of the world order while the distrust between the world powers is at its zenith. Thanking India for its efforts fighting against terrorism, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on such a sincere and collective fight by South Asian countries against terrorism.

Dr. Abdali also noted upon the recent BRICs declaration, taking strong stance against terrorism and termed it as a remarkable turnaround against terrorist groups in the region and also added, “We thank the BRICs for taking this historical step to reinforce the global anti-terror campaign in the region.”

Hailing the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the Afghan Ambassador said it is a multifaceted and comprehensive policy with a clear objective that will play a crucial role to curb the menace of terrorism in the region.  

 

 

 

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali hosted a dinner in honor of Frank Hans Dannenberg Castellanos, the outgoing Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to India, Non-Resident Ambassador to Afghanistan and Dean of Diplomatic Corps at his residence on 9th September 2017.

H.E. PanosKalogeropoulos Greek Ambassador to India, H.E. Fakhri Hussan Mahdi Al-Issa, Ambassador of Iraq to India, H.E. Dr. Ali S. Al-Asawi, the Libyan Ambassador to India, H.E. Adnan Abaulhayjaa Ambassador of Palestine to India, H.E. Dato’ Hidayat Abdul Hamid Ambassador of Malaysiato India, H.E. Mohammed Khater Al-Khater, Ambassador of Qatar to India, H.E. Sirajuddin Hamid Yousif, Ambassador of Sudan to India, H.E>mirzosharif Jalalov, Ambassador of Tajikistan to India and H.E. Sakir Ozkan Torunlar, Ambassador of Turkey to India were among the invitees in this gathering.

The Afghan Ambassador appreciated Mr. Castellanos’s tenure as the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic which was highly productive. He also wished him success in all affairs during his tenure for the upcoming mission.

At the dinner, the members of diplomatic corps exchanged views about the current global affairs and security challenges in South Asia particularly.  

Mr. Castellanos has served as the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic in New Delhi for the past 12 years.

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the two-day ‘Smart City Summit Kota’ as the key speaker in “International Experience for Smart Cities” session of the very summit hosted by Kota Municipal Corporation and Kota Smart City Limited on September 8&9, 2017 in Kota city, Rajasthan.

 The Afghan Ambassador emphasized on the importance in facilitating with improved infrastructure for quality life for the people of the country.

Dr. Abdali welcomed and acknowledged for the initiation of the Smart Cities Mission undertaken by the Union Ministry of Urban Development of India. The objective of the smart cities mission is mapped by developing the urban eco-system by building of 109 cities across India, with an emphasis on Rajasthan Government’s endeavor to transform Kota into a Smart City.

 On the context of rapid urban developments in Afghanistan and Kabul in particular, the Afghan Ambassador added that India remains as a model and inspiration in many counts for Afghanistan including the Naya Raipur, Chhattisgra’s new capital city plan which is followed for the Kabul’s New City plan. Dr. Abdali also spoke about the proposal which is already under way and positive negotiations between the two nations and is aiming at developing 10 Afghan cities as per the plan and design of smart cities in India to further strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations.

Furthermore, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about trade and investment collaborations between India and Afghanistan and the multi-dimensional approach of both the nations towards enhancing trade and investment in Afghanistan. He appreciated the recent massive improvements namely the Indo-Afghan Air Corridor as well as the progress made in the agriculture sector of the country.

It is worth mentioning that Smart City Mission is one of the ambitious projects initiated by the Government of India.

Kota is among the four cities of Rajasthan which were selected by the government for urban overhaul. It is one of the cities where citizens participated passionately in the Smart City Proposal (SCP) preparation process and finally turned it into reality.

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali paid a visit to the National Defense College (NDC) in New Delhi on 9 September 2017 and delivered a lecture on “Future of Peace in Afghanistan”.

Thanking the NDC for providing an opportunity to address the young military cadets, Dr. Abdali commenced his lecture briefing about the current position of the Afghan Military Forces, their achievements and improvements over the 15 last years and also added, “Indeed, we owe our gains of the past 15 years to our many partners and good neighbors like India, who stood by us, as we strive to stabilize and rebuild our country.”

During his lecture, Ambassador Abdali lauded India’s contribution to train the Afghan military forces. Referring to the strong bonds of friendship and partnership between India and Afghanistan and regardless of the change of governments, Dr. Abdali noted that India as the first strategic ally and is a major stakeholder in the stabilization and development of Afghanistan.

Talking about the posing threats of terrorism in the region, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on the importance of collective and sincere cooperation of the regional countries in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and across the region.

 To conclude with, the Afghan Ambassador addressed the questions of the young cadets.

 

New Delhi: Mirwais Balkhi, the Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy of Afghanistan met with K. Sanjay Murthy, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting-India at the latter’s office on August 29, 2017.

The meeting which was attended by Ajmal Alimzai, the Afghan Cultural Attaché in New Delhi, aimed at discussing the forthcoming Indo-Afghanistan Cultural Week, the India-Afghanistan project on producing joint movies and inception of joint programs with the All India Radio.

At the outset, the Afghan DCM briefed Mr. Murthy on the Joint Indo-Afghanistan Cultural Week celebration which is due to be held soon. During the cultural week program, both the countries will introduce their cultural linkages and history.  Mr. Balkhi also proposed inception of joint film production using the film scenarios which are written by the Afghan script writers already.

Talking about the quality of All India Radio programs aired for Afghanistan, DCM Balkhi suggested producing joint programs with All India Radio programs in order to enhance the quality of the programs for Afghanistan.

Mr. Murthy appreciated the cultural programs and activities which are taken on board by the Embassy of Afghanistan and noted upon the profound relations between India and Afghanistan. He ensured support and cooperation of the Ministry I&B.

On the sidelines of the meeting,  the 48th International Film Festival of India-Goa (IFFI)-2017 was also discussed.