The four-day long India-Afghanistan trade and investment exhibition titled “Passage to Prosperity” was held in New Delhi on 27 September 2017. The event was inaugurated by Humayon Rasa, Minister of Trade-Afghanistan, Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India, Ashok Gajapathi, Civil Aviation Minister of India and chargé d'affaire of the US Embassy.

The event is organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with Federation of Indian Chambers and Commerce and Industries (FICCI), New Delhi. The Conference is aimed to boost economic relations through partnerships between India-U.S-Afghanistan. The event will be showcasing Afghan products including rugs, handicrafts, fresh and dry fruits, saffron, gemstones and marble.

Over 220 Afghan private and social sector traders and 500 Indian business entities including high-ranking Indian and Afghan officials have participated in this exhibition.

On the sideline of this four-day exhibition, a discussion to be held, which will be participated by Indian and Afghan officials to introduce Indian businesses in harnessing trade and investment opportunities in Afghanistan such as banking, energy, trade, health, education and professional training.

Through this event, India and Afghanistan can bring forth lot of opportunities for economic integration and development. The monumental event is markedly will be an avenue for Afghanistan to feature their entities like economic growth, agriculture, health, education and energy seeking trade and investment opportunities with India.

It is worth mentioning that this exhibition was organized based on the agreement made at the 6th Ministerial Meeting of Heart of Asia by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the Afghan President and H.E. Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister last year. 



Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali met with M Jagdesh Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on 19th September 2017.

The aim behind this meeting was to discuss signing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) s between JNU and Afghan universities and to exchange views on Indo-Afghanistan cultural and educational ties and ways to further strengthen these relations.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali thanked the JNU administration for paying special attention to the Pashto department as well as the Afghan Studies Resource Centre at this university.

The duo discussed signing different MoUs between JNU and Afghan Ministry of Higher Education or universities in Afghanistan. It is worth mentioning that currently one MoU is signed between Kandahar and JNU for academic collaborations.

Emphasizing on the need to pave the way for more extensive people-to-people contact, the Afghan Ambassador solicited signing MoUs in the fields of student exchange programs, scholarships and professional training programs for students and teachers between both nations.

Prof. Ainul Hasan, Head of Persian and Middle Asia Studies-JNU, Prof. Khaliq Rashid, visiting Professor in the Centre of Persian and Central Asian Studies-JNU, Dr. Girish Nath Jha, Professor of Computational Linguistics & Chairperson-JNU and Anwar Khairi, visiting Professor -JNU also attended this meeting. 

Mr. Ziaulhaq Akhondzada, The Second Secretary of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India participated in the valedictory program of ‘Feed the Future’ held on 18 September 2017 at National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Hyderabad.

The aim of the programme was to impart enhanced skills on new and innovative soil and plant health management strategies for sustainable agricultural growth. The programme saw the participation of 24 executives responding 10 member countries viz.; Afghanistan, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mongolia, Myanmar, Mozambique, and Uganda. There were four participants from Afghanistan to seek training for the agricultural program.

The program was organized by NIPHM and National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE) in collaboration with the United States International Agency Development (USAID).

Mr. Ziaulhaq Akhondzada, the Second Secretary urged NIPHM and MANAGE for more active cooperation in training Afghan executives in India and to increase the number of Afghan participants. He stated in his speech that more than 80 percent of the population in Afghanistan is involved in the agricultural sector and thereby such training programmes will help their country in implementing improved technology for agricultural activity.

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.