To express his condolences and pay the last tribute, Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India signed the book of condolence for the late former Prime Minister of India, Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan, New Delhi.

It is worth mentioning that Hamid Karzai, the former President of Afghanistan as well as a number of high ranked Afghan government officials attended the funeral ceremony of former Prime Minister of India.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of I. R. of Afghanistan to India addressed students from across the world at the Harvard Model United Nations India (HUMN India) in Hyderabad on August 12, 2018.

Aiming to prepare the future leaders with enhanced skills for a better tomorrow, Harvard Model United nations India was co-hosted by the Harvard International Relations Council and World View Education brought together more than 1500 students across India and the world including Afghanistan.

During his remarks focusing on the role of young people in defining the political landscape of the future, the Afghan Ambassador  said “It is important for the next generation to be instilled with values of global citizenship and it is a privilege to share my thoughts with this critical mass today”, 

Ambassador Abdali further added: “I am thrilled by this fantastic group of young leaders from the around world including Afghanistan to engage on global issues under  HMUN India and World View Education. Indeed, it is these young leaders who will be in-charge of our world, for the better or worse — they need to be motivated for the better!”

Calling upon the participants in the forum, Dr. Abdali stated: “We always talk about a better tomorrow. The better tomorrow is in your hands. You've inherited issues and it's on you to solve them."

The International Day of youth, designed by the United Nations is aimed at spreading awareness and to draw attention to a given set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth. It is marked on 12th August all around the world.

The HMUN India has given opportunity to more than 10,000 students in the past seven years to build their capacities.

The second Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting between Afghanistan and India was held on August 8, 2018 in Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi.  The JWG meeting focused on human resource development, cultural and education cooperation under the framework of Strategic Partnership Agreement of 2011 between Afghanistan and India.

 The meeting was chaired by Sayeeda Muzhgan Mustafawi, the Deputy Minister of Administration and Tourism, Ministry of Information and Culture of I. R. of Afghanistan and Riva Ganguly Das, General Director – ICCR and was participated by the government officials and representatives from both the nations.

 During the opening remarks the chairs of the meeting discussed and assessed about, the achievements and progress of the first meeting of Joint Working Group between the two countries. This included building a professional film institute, holding professional trainings for the Afghan National Museum staff, technical assistance in building capacities of the Cricket Board of Afghanistan and providing the team with a stadium in New Delhi, an increase in scholarships for Afghan youth as well as educational programs by ICCR.

During the meeting, both the sides discussed about the new proposals on health, tourism, education, higher education, Afghan cricket, Afghan National Radio & TV, collaboration with Indian TV channels, women’s affairs, culture and more. 

At the end, it was decided by both the sides to prepare proposals for the same and discuss them in the upcoming Kabul meeting which is scheduled be held on November 13, 2018.

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi met with K.K. Singh, Chairman-International Youth Committee of India (IYCI) on August 7, 2018.

The meeting aimed at discussing the Second South Asian Youth Summit and extended invitation to the Ambassador to grace the summit as a key speaker.

The summit which is due to be held from 28-30 November 2018 in Colombo city, Sri Lanka will be attended by the youth from South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.

While appreciating IYCI for its efforts in organizing such summits and conferences, in enabling opportunities for the South Asian youth - the Afghan youth in particular- to exchange views and share experiences on international platforms, Dr. Abdali spoke about the significance of youth’s role in boosting growth and development for nation building.  Referring to the activities carried out by the South Asian youth’s aim is to  bring a positive change  in the region, the Afghan Ambassador spoke about the young generation of Afghanistan, their thirst for peace and change, and their endeavor in order to build their country and the region.

During the meeting, the Afghan Ambassador thanked the government of India for its assistance in building the capacities of Afghan youth and assured the IYCI Chairman for his probable participation in the Second South Asian Youth Summit.  

 

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.