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.

To celebrate the 98th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence, the Afghan Ambassador Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali hosted a grand reception on 2nd November 2017, at his residence in New Delhi.

The event was participated by high ranking Indian government officials, members of diplomatic corps as well as Afghan officials and Afghan students studying in India, and New Delhi based Afghan community.

The celebration began with airing the national anthem of both India and Afghanistan after the arrival of the chief guest H.E. Ashok Gujapathi Raju, Minister of Civil Aviation of India at the event.

 In the opening remarks, Ambassador Abdali welcomed the chief guest as well as the participants of the event and added: “While we are here to commemorate the anniversary of independence of Afghanistan, we also celebrate the deep strategic Indo-Afghan ties,”

The Afghan Ambassador also noted: “The depth and strength of this exceptional relationship is manifested in the presence of such a great number of friends present tonight.”

During the event, Afghan artists presented folk dance, Attan and Qarsak which mesmerized the audience. Afghan Independence Day is celebrated by the Embassy of Afghanistan in India every year. The event is marked as a special day with cultural programmes, exhibition stalls that showcases the enriched culture of Afghanistan.

 

  

 

The first consignment of wheat from India to Afghanistan through Chabahar Port in Iran was flagged off on 29th October 2017 by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs, India, Salahuddin Rabani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Afghanistan (joining the ceremony via video conferencing) in the presence of Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India and Indian government authorities at Kandla port, Gujarat.

With this shipment carrying 1.1 million tons of wheat for the people of Afghanistan on grant basis will create a new strategic transit paving the way for new trade and transit opportunities that will enhance trade relations between India-Afghanistan -Iran and in the wider region.

"I am extremely delighted that today we have joined on a momentous occasion for the people of our three countries and the region," Ms. Swaraj said, terming the move as an important step in realizing the shared aspiration to carve out "new routes" of peace and prosperity.

 

Development of the Chabahar Port was first agreed by India in 2003 to allow New Delhi to reach Afghanistan markets. This was further fostered when India Afghanistan- Iran signed a trilateral trade pact on the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Iran.