Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended the two-day ‘Smart City Summit Kota’ as the key speaker in “International Experience for Smart Cities” session of the very summit hosted by Kota Municipal Corporation and Kota Smart City Limited on September 8&9, 2017 in Kota city, Rajasthan.

 The Afghan Ambassador emphasized on the importance in facilitating with improved infrastructure for quality life for the people of the country.

Dr. Abdali welcomed and acknowledged for the initiation of the Smart Cities Mission undertaken by the Union Ministry of Urban Development of India. The objective of the smart cities mission is mapped by developing the urban eco-system by building of 109 cities across India, with an emphasis on Rajasthan Government’s endeavor to transform Kota into a Smart City.

 On the context of rapid urban developments in Afghanistan and Kabul in particular, the Afghan Ambassador added that India remains as a model and inspiration in many counts for Afghanistan including the Naya Raipur, Chhattisgra’s new capital city plan which is followed for the Kabul’s New City plan. Dr. Abdali also spoke about the proposal which is already under way and positive negotiations between the two nations and is aiming at developing 10 Afghan cities as per the plan and design of smart cities in India to further strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations.

Furthermore, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about trade and investment collaborations between India and Afghanistan and the multi-dimensional approach of both the nations towards enhancing trade and investment in Afghanistan. He appreciated the recent massive improvements namely the Indo-Afghan Air Corridor as well as the progress made in the agriculture sector of the country.

It is worth mentioning that Smart City Mission is one of the ambitious projects initiated by the Government of India.

Kota is among the four cities of Rajasthan which were selected by the government for urban overhaul. It is one of the cities where citizens participated passionately in the Smart City Proposal (SCP) preparation process and finally turned it into reality.

Ambassador Shaida Mohammad Abdali paid a visit to the National Defense College (NDC) in New Delhi on 9 September 2017 and delivered a lecture on “Future of Peace in Afghanistan”.

Thanking the NDC for providing an opportunity to address the young military cadets, Dr. Abdali commenced his lecture briefing about the current position of the Afghan Military Forces, their achievements and improvements over the 15 last years and also added, “Indeed, we owe our gains of the past 15 years to our many partners and good neighbors like India, who stood by us, as we strive to stabilize and rebuild our country.”

During his lecture, Ambassador Abdali lauded India’s contribution to train the Afghan military forces. Referring to the strong bonds of friendship and partnership between India and Afghanistan and regardless of the change of governments, Dr. Abdali noted that India as the first strategic ally and is a major stakeholder in the stabilization and development of Afghanistan.

Talking about the posing threats of terrorism in the region, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized on the importance of collective and sincere cooperation of the regional countries in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and across the region.

 To conclude with, the Afghan Ambassador addressed the questions of the young cadets.

 

New Delhi: Mirwais Balkhi, the Deputy Chief of Mission to the Embassy of Afghanistan met with K. Sanjay Murthy, the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting-India at the latter’s office on August 29, 2017.

The meeting which was attended by Ajmal Alimzai, the Afghan Cultural Attaché in New Delhi, aimed at discussing the forthcoming Indo-Afghanistan Cultural Week, the India-Afghanistan project on producing joint movies and inception of joint programs with the All India Radio.

At the outset, the Afghan DCM briefed Mr. Murthy on the Joint Indo-Afghanistan Cultural Week celebration which is due to be held soon. During the cultural week program, both the countries will introduce their cultural linkages and history.  Mr. Balkhi also proposed inception of joint film production using the film scenarios which are written by the Afghan script writers already.

Talking about the quality of All India Radio programs aired for Afghanistan, DCM Balkhi suggested producing joint programs with All India Radio programs in order to enhance the quality of the programs for Afghanistan.

Mr. Murthy appreciated the cultural programs and activities which are taken on board by the Embassy of Afghanistan and noted upon the profound relations between India and Afghanistan. He ensured support and cooperation of the Ministry I&B.

On the sidelines of the meeting,  the 48th International Film Festival of India-Goa (IFFI)-2017 was also discussed.

August 29, 2017: Hamid Tahzeeb, the First Secretary to the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi met with Park June-Seo, the Political Counselor to the Embassy of South Korea to exchange views about the new US policy towards Afghanistan and South Asia.

The duo also discussed South Korea’s proposal of $255 billion assistance to Afghanistan. Mr. Tahzeeb informed his South Korean counterpart about the aforementioned proposal being sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan through Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).

Mr. Tahzeeb assured the South Korean counterpart that the Afghan Embassy will share the results about the same after receiving the response from MFA-Afghanistan.

New Delhi: Hamid Tahzeeb, the First Secretary to the Embassy of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Katherine Ryan, senior member of Political Section, British High Commission on August 29, 2017.

The meeting aimed at discussing bilateral ties between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom and the United States new policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

During the meeting, Mr. Tahzeeb highlighted the significance of the new US policy in bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Hailing President Trump’s policy, the British envoy informed about an increase in United Kingdom’s military support to Afghanistan and assured of UK’s further cooperation and contribution in maintaining security in Afghanistan.