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.

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.