Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of I. R. of Afghanistan in New Delhi participated at a conference titled ‘Accessing India’s Connectivity with its Neighborhood’ as a Panelist which was organized by the Vivekananda International Foundation in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on 3 August, 2018.

The conference aimed at discussing India’s achievements in regards to its extended connectivity with its neighborhood. 

During the panel discussion, Dr. Abdali deliberated his ideas on ‘Connectivity –Linking Together by Road and Rail’. The Afghan Ambassador emphasized on peace which is an essential element in bringing progress and development in Afghanistan. 

While addressing the session Dr. Abdali gave an overview of the rail and road connectivity projects in Afghanistan. He highlighted on Five Nations Railway project, Chabahar port, National Ring project, Belt-and-Road Initiative, Lapis Lazuli, Air corridor programme between Afghanistan and India, Trans-Hindukush Road Connectivity Project etc. He spoke about the significance of connectivity thorough these projects.

Bringing to Light Afghanistan’s struggle for peace as a hurdle in institutionalizing the potential ideas which Afghanistan has in abundance, Dr. Abdali urged the international community in contributing for achieving peace in Afghanistan. 

Currently Afghanistan’s intra-regional trade and transit has improved immensely stated Dr. Abdali.  He further said that “Afghanistan has broader vision in developing railway network and discussions were in progress in the last two years with India in cooperating to provide technical assistance and an agreement is underway to be signed between Afghanistan and India”.

The Afghan Ambassador said “We have great ideas and potential to connect with the rest of the world, we need to invest in infrastructure development and then we will be able to achieve the regional integration goal”. Afghanistan’s initiative for establishing transit and transport system will be benefited for regional and international level.                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi inaugurated the new academic session of Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan High School in New Delhi on August 01, 2018.

The Afghan Ambassador congratulated the students and the management team of the school on the beginning of the new academic session. Referring to the current political situation and updates on Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali encouraged the students to pursue their studies for achieving successive goals and to be the part in country’s development.

The academic session of the school began with ribbon cutting and by ringing the school bell by the Ambassador followed by classroom visit and interaction with the students.

During his interaction with the students, the Afghan Ambassador informed about a number of educational programs which will be collaborated with Indian schools and institutions in order to boost their knowledge and encourage taking part in competitive forums.

Thanking the management of the school for nourishing the talents of the young Afghans in India, the Afghan Ambassador called upon the students and stated that the future of Afghanistan depends on young generation and it is on them to drive the country towards development, peace and stability.

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Afghan Sikh and Hindu representatives in Balkh Hall of the Embassy on August 01, 2018.

The meeting aimed at discussing the needs and solution to the concern and challenges of the Afghan Sikhs and Hindus who are living in Afghanistan.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the attendees and once again extended condolence for the loss of the Sikh and Hindu countrymen in the recent attack at Jalalabad City, Nangarhar and stated that the Afghan government is committed to protect the minorities in Afghanistan and the government has already sought ideas and suggestions to arrange proper security measures.

During the meeting, the attendees solicited the government of Afghanistan to register the holy and spiritual places of the Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan. In response, the Afghan Ambassador informed them of the same plan which is already agreed by the Ministry of Haj and Religious Affairs of Afghanistan.

The representatives of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in New Delhi also spoke about their concern of not being able to receive Afghan national ID cards (Tazkera) and solicited the Embassy of Afghanistan for assistance. Addressing the concern, Dr. Abdali assured them to facilitate with a panel which will soon travel to India in order to confirm the identities of the Afghan Hindus and Sikhs living in India and provide them with the ID cards accordingly.

It is worth mentioning that Narinder Singh, Avtar Singh’s son has recently been nominated to replace his late father for the Afghan parliament.

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with R.P. Singh, the National Secretary of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and member of the Delhi Legislative Assembly on July 26, 2018.

The meeting aimed at discussing further boosting the bilateral ties between Afghanistan and India as well as strengthening the people to people relations between the two nations.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed the BJP National Secretary and spoke about the old aged historical and cultural relations which has tied India and Afghanistan for a long time throughout the history.

During the meeting, the BJP National Secretary expressed to extend his cooperation in order to enhance the relations between the two nations.

Thanking India for its cooperation in the development of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali welcomed the offer and assured the BJP leader to extend efforts for strengthening ties between India and Afghanistan.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of I. R. of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with Ajit Mangrulkar-Director General, Sanjay Mehta-Deputy Director General and Vipul Srivastava-Deputy Director of IMC (Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce) at the latter’s office on July 24, 2018.

The meeting aimed to discuss on the upcoming exhibition titled ‘Passage to Prosperity’ which is scheduled to be held from 12- 15 September, 2018 in Mumbai in collaboration with IMC. The meeting highlighted on all the positive aspects of ‘Passage to Prosperity’ exhibition that will attribute in signing an agreement between Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and IMC for establishing Joint Chamber of Commerce.

During the meeting the Afghan Ambassador spoke about ‘Made in Afghanistan’ exhibition that was held in New Delhi earlier this month earning a revenue of 70 million USD between Afghanistan and India. He also emphasized on the successive results of last year’s ‘Passage to Prosperity’ exhibition making trade agreements up to 50 million USD. 

Realizing on the prospective benefits of trade between Afghanistan and India, Dr. Abdali expressed to work closely with IMC in order to achieve economic benefits for both the nations and proposed to expand cooperation to other cities in India too.

Partnering with ‘Passage to Prosperity’ exhibition, IMC will be setting up two panels comprising of Women empowerment and Medical Tourism. On 30th August this year, IMC will be holding press meeting in Mumbai to discuss on ‘Passage to Prosperity’ Exhibition where the Afghan Ambassador to India is invited to address the event.