Liu Jinsong, China’s new Ambassador-Designate to Afghanistan paid a courtesy call upon Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali; the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on December 1, 2017.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali welcomed his newly appointed counterpart and congratulated him for his new mission in Kabul.

The duo exchanged views on bilateral ties between the two nations and discussed further deepening ties between China and Afghanistan.

Both the envoys spoke about strengthening the Afghan Military Forces as well as the economic growth of Afghanistan and lauded India’s role in the development of Afghanistan.

Mr. Liu Jinsong’s work will officially start from December 4, 2017 in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India, Dr. Sahida Mohammad Abdali met with officials from Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) accompanied by 32 Afghan women entrepreneurs in Balkh Hall of the Afghan Embassy in New Delhi on 4 December 2017. 

Thirty-two Afghan women are part of the skill development training programmes in various fields including advanced trainings in food processing i.e. bakery products, sweets, and savories making. Ten trainees undertook training in garment making including cutting and pattern making.

The meeting was started with the recitation of Holy Quran by one of the participants from SEWA.

Welcoming the participants in the meeting, the Afghan Ambassador expressed deep appreciation to SEWA in providing skill-based trainings to Afghan women and urged that such training programmes must multiply in order to create master figures in Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdali also stated that inclusion of educational programmes will benefit in a big way and expects continued service that will help Afghan women in generating a sustainable livelihood.

During the meeting, the Afghan women entrepreneurs informed the Afghan Ambassador of about various training programmes imparted through SEWA that included food processing, Garment making, gems cutting etc as well as the upcoming training programmes for Afghan women.

So far SEWA has trained almost 4 batches comprising of 1,500 Afghan women in a span of three years. The Afghan women participants are in India for a two- month training programme.

The Economic Counsellor of the Embassy, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi, and Second Secretary, Ziaulhaq Akhondzada were also present at this meeting.

 Following a one day joint academic seminar, the India-Afghanistan Cultural Week stepped in to the second day of its celebrations, held at Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), Azad Bhavan on 30th November, 2017.

At the outset, the joint India Afghanistan art gallery was officially inaugurated by the Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India and Namrita Kumar, Acting General Director, ICCR at the event.

The celebrations were started singing the national anthems of both the countries and lightening the lamps.

During his address at the event, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali said that the “Afghanistan-India Cultural Week festival is first of its kind event which establishes close cultural ties between Afghanistan and India”.

The students of both the countries continued celebrations by the Afghan and Indian traditional dress shows.

During the event, Qawwali teams of both countries mesmerized and captivated the audience with their performances.

The celebrations will continue till 1 December 2017 at Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Azad Bhavan. The event will conclude with Indian and Afghan dance performances as well as music played by Zuhra orchestra.






The third day of the India-Afghanistan Cultural Week was celebrated by organizing joint student programs and joint folklore music and dance performances in Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), on 1st December 2017 in New Delhi.

During the event, Dr. Naser Ahmad Sarmast, Founder and Director of Afghan National Institute of Music spoke about the commonalities between the music of Afghanistan. Their team, Zohra Orchestra performed a number of Afghan classical music.

As part of the celebrations, India-Afghan couples, students and individuals shared their experience of living in India and Afghanistan which reflects the cross narratives of both the countries.

The program was further enlightened with the Kalaripayattu (martial arts presentation) performance by the Indian students as well as Attan and Qarsak by Afghan students.

The Afghanistan-India Cultural Week celebrations were a jubilant moment for both the countries and have been witnessing a strengthened relation of people-to-people contact spreading across the globe.









Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi inaugurated the Indo-Afghanistan Cultural week organizing a one day academic seminar on 29th November 2017 in New Delhi.

Prof. Mohammad Rasool Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan, Dr. Mahesh Sharam, Minister of Culture-Republic of India, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India as well as ambassadors including Iran, Tajikistan, Turkey, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Sri Lanka and a number of academic figures from both the countries had participated in inaugural ceremony of this seminar.

Welcoming the guests to the seminar, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about the depth and history of cultural relations between the two nations and added that in today’s world, Indians and Afghans have been two Asian countries whose joint fight against British empire’s culture and political captivity and domination is known to all. “Living in a joint cultural stronghold, these people were able to leave permanent memories and art to their future generations. If, from the one side Mahatma Gandhi and Khan Abdul Ghafar Khan (Frontier Gandhi) held the invincible sword of non-violence and fought against colonialism; on the other side, Rabindranath Tagore combined both the nations writing the everlasting novel ‘Kabuliwala’,” added the Afghan Ambassador.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of Culture, Republic of India as one of the chief guests of the event spoke about the historical relations, and contemporary cultural ties between Afghanistan and India and added that this is another step to further strengthen and boost these ties.

 At the meantime, Prof. Mohammad Rasool Bawari, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture-Afghanistan, during this event said that India and Afghanistan have had deep historical relations and organizing such events will bring us closer. He hoped to have this event organized in Kabul next year.

During this seminar, the India-Afghanistan relations were discussed over different periods of the history and the experts from both countries read their articles over four panels.

The articles read by the panelists in this seminar will be assembled and printed into a book.

According to Ajmal Alimzai, the Cultural Attaché of Afghanistan to India, following this seminar, there will be two more events on Thursday and Friday which will include showcasing art, handicrafts, music and dress shows of both the nations.