Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India Spoke at  St. Stephen’s College dialogue “The Dialog” on February 20, 2018.

Focusing on “Situating Power and Governance in Global World”, the Afghan Ambassador also highlighted the bilateral ties between India and Afghanistan during his speech.

Noting upon the current situation in the world with the prevailing challenges and opportunities, Dr. Abdali spoke about the role of Afghanistan, India and United States-as three strategic partners-in fighting major problems, especially terrorism in the region and the world. He termed the U.S. policy for Afghanistan and South Asia a comprehensive policy towards countering terrorism and its state sponsors and added: “Currently, Afghanistan, India and U.S.  are working together to implement this policy and create a regional consensus to bring peace and stability to the region and the world.”

The Afghan Ambassador touched on the different dimensions of economic transition from West to East, lauded India’s multi-dimensional policy for the same and emphasized on collaboration of the regional countries in order to succeed this shift.

The St. Stephen’s College dialogue  focused on sharing opinions and ideas where the audience got a chance to witness prolific deliberations and discourse by a number of other renowned speakers such as Varun Gandhi-member of Parliament, Sushmita Dev-Member of Parliament-President,  All India Mahila Congress, Anwar Haleem-Diplomat-Indian Foreign Services, Mani Shankar Aiyar-Former Indian Diplomat-Former Union Minister, Kazim Rizvi-Founding Director-The Dialogue, Amna Mirza-author, Brij Pahwa-Editorial specialist,Business World.




Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India met with 10 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants of the Oasis - Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Academy on February 8, 2018 in New Delhi.

The meeting aimed at briefing the UPSC aspirants about India-Afghanistan’s bilateral relations including enhancing capacities and cultural exchange programs.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed young aspirants and apprised them about the main aim of foreign missions of each country and ways to achieve their goal. He added: “The basic objective behind the embassies and foreign missions of each country is to further strengthen the relations with the host country.”

Ambassador Abdali also noted upon the latest developments in Afghanistan in relation to trade, business, mining and education. 

Referring to bilateral ties between India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador said: “We are sharing national, common and vital relations based on deep rooted and old-aged historical and cultural relations.”

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali addressed questions of the young UPSC aspirants in regards to education, youth, politics and economy in Afghanistan.

OASIS IAS Academy aims at offering educational services to the students preparing for the civil services exam and imparts comprehensive training-cum-guidance programs which covers all the stages of civil services.

H.E. Gonchig Ganbold, the Ambassador of Mongolia to India met with Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on January 24, 2018.

Besides discussing the bilateral ties between the two nations, the meeting also aimed at seeking Afghan Embassy’s cooperation in order to introduce a national representative to participate in the Board of Governors of the International Think Tank (IIT) for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC).

At the outset, the duo spoke about the bilateral ties between the two nations. Dr. Abdali noted upon the historical relations as well as commonalities between Afghanistan and Mongolia, specially the fact that both the nations are landlocked.

During the meeting, the Ambassador of Mongolia briefed the Afghan Ambassador on the concept of the IIT for LLDC. The IIT for LLDC was established after the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2003.

The IIT for LLDC aims at promoting cooperation, understanding and networking between the landlocked countries of the world.

The Ambassador of Mongolia solicited the Afghan Embassy for its cooperation in introducing a national representative by the government of Afghanistan to participate in IIT for LLDC forums.

Dr. Abdali, in response assured the Ambassador of Mongolia of conveying his message to the government of Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that Hamid Tahzeeb, the First Secretary to the Embassy of Afghanistan was also present in the meeting.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India met with representatives of Women for Afghan Women (WAW) on January 22, 2018 in New Delhi.

This meeting was aimed for the WAW representatives to brief the Afghan Ambassador on its activities in and out of Afghanistan and in order to solicit the Embassy’s support in reaching out the Afghan women residing in India.

At the outset, Manizha Naderi, the Executive Director of the WAW informed the Afghan Ambassador about the mission of WAW organization. Aiming at security and protection of the disenfranchised Afghan women’s rights in Afghanistan and New York, WAW is working on advocating women about their rights and is challenging the norms that underpin gender-based violence.

During the meeting, the representatives of the WAW organization supplicated Afghan Embassy’s support and help in approaching the Afghan women in India in order to conduct a survey to discover their essential needs.

Dr. Abdali lauded WAW’s efforts in bringing a positive change in Afghan women’s lives in Afghanistan and New York and welcomed their plan in working for Afghan women in India. He added: “We have always been appreciative and supportive towards such movements which comes up with a shift in Afghan women and children’s lives living in and out of the county”.

Ambassador Abdali assured the WAW representatives of the Embassy’s full support and solicited the representatives of WAW to come up with a formal request in order to implement the plans on the ground.

Founded in 2001 in New York, WAW’s vision is to work towards a world in which Afghan women and girls enjoy peace, justice, equality and the freedoms to participate in all spheres of life and live without fear.

At the invitation of Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the Gulmarg Snow Festival held on January 12-14, 2018 at Gulmarg, Kashmir.

The three day carnival which was held in famed Ski resort of Gondola base station aimed at promoting tourism and attracting more tourists to the Kashmir valley. During this festival, activities such as snow cycling, snow zorbing, snow tubing, ATV race, ethnic and street food and other cultural events were showcased.

Interacting with a group of tourists during the event, Dr. Abdali emphasized over the deeply rooted cultural and historical relations between Afghanistan and Kashmir and added: “The large Afghan diaspora in Kashmir is the best representation of the millennia old historical and cultural ties between Afghanistan and India; therefore, constant people to people contact is important to further strengthen our strategic relations under the current circumstances”.

During this event, Minister for Tourism, Tassaduq Mufti; Adviser to Chief Minister, Prof. Amitabh Mattoo; MLA, Gulmarg, Muhammad Abbas Wani; CEO, Niti Ayug, Amitabh Kant; Additional Solicitor General of India, Pinki Anand; well-known columnist & British parliamentarian, Lord Meghnad Desai; filmmaker, Imtiyaz Ali; writer, Rakhshanda Jalil and renowned personalities from different walks of life were also present.