7th August 2017

New Delhi- The eighth Regional Technical Group meeting of the Confidence Building Measure (CBM) on Trade, Commerce & Investment Opportunities under the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was held in New Delhi.

Co–chaired by Mr. Hassan Sorosh, the Director General for Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and Dr. Deepak Mittal, the Joint Secretary, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran-Ministry of External Affairs of India, the meeting was attended by representatives from 17 countries including Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, UAE, Australia, Egypt, Germany, UK, US and supporting organizations including UN.

The participants reviewed the latest initiatives by the regional countries to promote trade and connectivity and discussed the current regional projects such as Chabahar Port, TAPI gas pipeline, CASA-1000, TAT railway line, Lapis Lazuli corridor.

H.E. Farhad H. Arziev, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to India, called upon Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali at the latter’s office on 4th August, 2017.

Welcoming the newly appointed counterpart, Dr. Abdali congratulated Ambassador Arziev on his new tenure in India.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Afghan Ambassador to India called upon Mr. Rahul Gandhi, Vice President of Indian National Congress and Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha on 2nd August 2017.

The duo exchanged views on bilateral ties between India and Afghanistan and also discussed ways to expand and strengthen friendly ties between the two nations.

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali paid a visit to the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand on 31st July 2017.

This visit was aimed at meeting the IMA commandants to discuss the Afghan military cadets, their training programs and to meet the Afghan gentlemen cadets to know about their studies and their routine practices at the academy.  

Mirwais Balkhi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi met with Afghan students studying in Bangalore, Karnataka over different gatherings on 27th and 28th July 2017.

During these gatherings, the DCM spoke about the existing opportunities for the Afghan students and appreciated the Afghan and Indian government’s commitment facilitating more opportunities for them.