Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India met with Roland Kobia, the European Union Special Envoy in Afghan Embassy on April 25, 2018.

The duo spoke about issues of mutual interest as well as the current political and security concerns in Afghanistan and the region.

During the meeting, the EU Envoy solicited the Ambassador of Afghanistan for possible areas of cooperation between EU and India in Afghanistan.

At the outset, Dr. Abdali briefed the EU delegation about the achievements of the Afghan government in close cooperation of the international community over the past 17 years and added: “But unfortunately we haven’t been able to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan which has been our main goal from the beginning”.

Lauding United States new policy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the Afghan Ambassador emphasized upon the implementation of this policy and underlined the importance of neighboring countries cooperation for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan and the region.

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali spoke about the latest developments as well as India’s role in development process of Afghanistan including Chabahar Port. The Afghan Ambassador sought the EU to cooperate in attracting investments to least developed port and also assist Afghanistan in capacity building in agricultural sector, building dams and other similar projects along with India.

In the response, the EU envoy briefed the Afghan Ambassador on their intentions to assist Afghanistan with the connectivity and energy projects in close cooperation of the other countries, India in particular. The EU Envoy also noted upon their ongoing assessment about areas of cooperation, where they can jointly operate with India in Afghanistan.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi conferred certificates upon completion of a two year program for Trade policy and strategy formulation and implementation organized by the Centre for WTO Studies (CWS) and Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), under a project with the Geneva-based International Trade Centre (ITC) on 20 April, 2018 in New Delhi.

In a bid to deepen the understanding of the participants on the fundamentals and basics of the concept rules and regulation of WTO and application in the practical context, a two year program for Trade policy and strategy formulation and implementation is provided to a batch of 20 Afghan officials from Ministry of Commerce and Industry (Afghanistan), Afghan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Kabul University.

Afghan Ambassador, during his speech at the event, noted upon the significance of building Afghanistan’s trade-related capacities for its effective and meaningful participation in world trade, and added: “I am glad to witness Afghanistan taking another step forward to stand on its own feet”.

Dr. Abdali further stated that “Now we are at the advanced stage, the stage of negotiation as a full member of WTO. We are developing negotiation skills to match to a level in the context of WTO with the rest of the world.”

It is worth mentioning that the introductory training programme was held from 9-30 October, 2017 covering a host of subjects such as Trade and IPR, Trade in Services, Non-Tariff Measures, Trade Disputes, Trade Remedies, and Trade Data.

The event was accompanied by the Economic Counsellor, Ahmad Shoaib Habibi.


Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India spoke as a distinguished ambassador at the “Study in India” website launch held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi on April 18, 2018.

An initiative by the Union Government-India to attract more foreign students to India by projecting 160 premier universities and institutes, including IITs and IIMs, as an ideal destination for higher education. The “Study in India” website was launched by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs and Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development-India.

Congratulating India for taking such promising initiative, Dr. Abdali highlighted on the importance of this web portal and added: “It will mark new heights for Afghan and other foreign students in providing contemporary insights and a clear direction in various fields of education in different varsities in India.”

Terming India as the favorite education hub for Afghan students, the Afghan Ambassador referred to the India-Afghanistan bilateral cooperation in terms of education under ICCR, ITEC and various other scholarship programmes offered to Afghan students, reflecting India’s assistance on broader spectrum.

Underlining the major updates and developments of educational system in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdali solicited the Government of India to cooperate in building modern schools and universities all over Afghanistan too.

Currently, India is offering 1000 scholarships to Afghan students, while 16,000 Afghan students are studying in different India institutions and universities. Inception of this technology in educational system will undoubtedly help foreign students, including youth from Afghanistan to get an idea about the universities in the context of subjects and careers. 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to India spoke at an interaction, held by the Indian Association of Foreign Affairs Correspondents (IAFAC) on April 17, 2018 at India International Centre, New Delhi.
The Afghan Ambassador Spoke about the current political, economic and security situation in Afghanistan, India-Afghanistan bilateral relations, regional cooperation, global efforts and the way forward.
Referring to the latest developments in Afghanistan in terms of security state of the country, Dr. Abdali noted upon the regional conferences and forums held in order to find a solution for current the conflict in Afghanistan.
About the peace process, Ambassador Abdali highlighted on the importance of regional conferences and added that the support and reaffirmation of international commitment will keep an open space for tangible peace talks.
Talking about the latest economic developments, Dr. Abdali referred to the major projects such as TAPI, Chabahar, TUTAP, TAP and Lapis Lazuli and the India-Afghanistan Air Corridor established recently.
Ambassador Abdali also spoke about the bilateral relations between India and Afghanistan focusing on the achievements so far. Dr. Abdali spoke about the US$ 3 billion aid to Afghanistan for humanitarian assistance and extended his gratitude for the assistance that has gone a long way in social, economic and infrastructure growth in Afghanistan.
At the end of the interaction, Ambassador Abdali addressed the questions of the journalists too.
The IAFAC aims at holding interactions on the current issues of international significance and diplomacy by inviting ministers of foreign affairs, diplomats, national security advisors, foreign secretaries, think tank experts, special envoys and other dignitaries in order to create deeper understanding on important bilateral and multilateral issues.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi attended the Vaisakhi celebrations held in Shri Rakab Ganj Sahib Gurdwara, New Delhi on April 17, 2018.

While congratulating on the occasion of Vaisakhi to the Sikh fellows this year, Ambassador Abdali termed the Afghan Sikh community as a bridge connecting India and Afghanistan throughout the history.

During his remarks in this celebration, Dr. Abdali recalled the past Vaisakhi festivals celebrated together with all other Afghans across Afghanistan, and added: “I wish to celebrate this day once again in our own country.”

Vaisakhi/Baisakhi is the Sikh New Year Festival, which is one of the most significant dates in the Sikh Calendar and marks the foundation of the Khalsa Panth of Sikhs which is the commencement of Punjabi New year and the anniversary of the year 1699, when Sikhism was born as a collective faith tradition. It is celebrated on April 14 every year.

On Vaisakhi day, Gurudwaras are decorated and hold congregations. People gather to socialize and share festive foods, pay visits to temples, meet friends and party over festive foods.