As a chief guest, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India attended an event titled “Creating Employment & Entrepreneurial Opportunities through Professional and Technical Education” conference, organized by Shimla University at Himachal Pradesh on March 10, 2018.

In the opening remarks of the conference, the Afghan Ambassador highlighted Afghanistan’s role in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and spoke about the latest developments and updates in regards to Chabahar Port, TAPI, CASA1000 and Lapis Lazuli Projects.

 While addressing the current challenges in South Asian region, Dr. Abdali spoke on how education can bring forth capacities in the SAARC region that will help in addressing the most pressing needs and tackling the unemployment situation in the SAARC region.

Dr. Abdali briefed the participants about the current status of Afghanistan in providing technical and professional education to Afghan youth and India’s contribution in building capacities of Afghan youth.

Talking about ways to address the unemployment challenges in South Asian region, Dr. Abdali stressed over the importance of taking strides in promoting quality education and following appropriate education policies. Afghan Ambassador took growth and development as essential tool in creating better job opportunities.

Dr. Abdali during his speech, emphasized on the need to create opportunities in South Asia through creating knowledge economy, addressing technology gap, creating educational systems which are responsive to challenges, promoting basic education as well as organizing vocational trainings in partnership with Private sector.

The Afghan Ambassador also noted upon improving labour laws accompanied by improved social protection for labours while creating jobs.

 The participants of the conference included Prof. Tirth Kumar Kanahiya, Vice Chancellor, Tribhuvan University-Nepal, Dr. Arun Sharma, Secretary Education-Government of Himachal Pradesh, Bharat Kumar Regmi, Charge de Affairs- Embassy of Nepal, Ashwani Kumar, Chancellor APG-Shimla University, ambassadors and diplomats from the African countries and South Asian as well as state government officials from North-East India such as Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.




Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India paid a visit to Himachal Pradesh University-Shimla on March 9, 2018. He met with Prof RS Chauhan, Vice Chancellor and Afghan students studying in this university.

During his meeting with Prof. RS Chauhan, Afghan Ambassador appreciated Himachal University’s efforts to build capacities of young Afghan students and creating hope that they will contribute for the development of their country in future.

Dr. Abdali proposed for establishing cooperation in education between Himachal Pradesh University and universities of Afghanistan

Dr. Abdali met with the Afghan students studying in the University and encouraged them to utilize this opportunity given to them and added that Afghanistan needs young generation’s expertise in every field.

After addressing the challenges of the students, the Afghan Ambassador presented certificates of appreciation who had scored the highest marks.

It is worth mentioning that 50 Afghans, who are Afghan government employees, are pursuing higher education in Himachal Pradesh University-Shimla through ICCR scholarships.











Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India called upon Jairam Thakur, the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh at the latter’s office on March 9, 2018.

At the outset, the duo exchanged views about the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and India in various areas of cooperation.

Dr Abdali also congratulated the newly elected Chief Minister Shri Jairam Thakur as Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on further strengthening ties between Himachal Pradesh and Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali proposed establishment of a sister city between Himachal Pradesh and Panjshair province of Afghanistan. The idea was acknowledged and welcomed by the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and sought to follow up through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-Afghanistan in order to finalise a memorandum of understanding about the same.

To further boost the cultural relations between Afghanistan and Himachal Pradesh, the duo also agreed upon organizing a joint food festival.

To commemorate the achievements of women made in political, social, cultural and economic fields, the Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi celebrated International Women’s day holding a gathering in Balkh Hall, Embassy premises today on March 8, 2018.

As the host of the gathering, Dr. Shaida Abdali congratulated the International Women’s day to all women of the world, Afghan women in particular and applauded the trailblazers, mentors and leaders among Afghan women who have been inspirations to the country and beyond.

While talking about the achievements of Afghan women and their contribution to the development process in Afghanistan throughout past 15 years and throughout the history.  Dr. Abdali however noted that Afghanistan has a long way to go.

Using the opportunity, the Afghan Ambassador, on behalf of all Afghan women, presented the female staff of the Embassy with flowers.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India, Riva Ganguly Das, Director General-Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Kumar Vikas Saxena, Director- Empowerment organization inaugurated the India-Afghanistan Women Artist Show held at ICCR-Azad Bhavan on March 5, 2018.

The Women Artist show, aimed at showcasing the art and cultural commonalities of India and Afghanistan and to commemorate the International women’s day was organized by the Empowerment organization with the financial support of India-Afghanistan Foundation.

As the chief guest of the show, the Afghan Ambassador lauded the art pieces of the Afghan and Indian female artists showcased at the event and spoke about Afghan women’s achievements and their contribution for the development of Afghanistan post-2001.

Referring to the cultural commonalities between India and Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali termed the relations as “unique” throughout the history and added that it is our generation’s responsibility to further strengthen the relations with facilities available.

Dr. Abdali thanked the Empowerment organization for conducting such show and hoped to have more such shows in order to boost the cultural relations between the two nations.

 The show was attended by 5 Afghan women showcasing their paintings along with 5 women from India.