After completion of the work in Turkmenistan, the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Gas Pipeline’s Afghan section is set to start from today, February 23, 2018, with a groundbreaking ceremony in Herat, Afghanistan.

The ceremony was attended by H.E. President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, H.E. President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, H.E. Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India M J Akbar.

Followed with the ceremony a statement has been issued by the honorable Presidents and Ministers. A document on ‘Making of TAPI’ was featured during the ceremony too.  

All the four countries collectively presented their approval for the commencement of TAPI project in Afghanistan.

Constructed alongside the Kandahar–Herat Highway in western Afghanistan, TAPI is a significant and most important energy project to elevate economic growth and regional connectivity in the region.  

It is worth mentioning that a high delegation meeting on the same has taken place between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, India and Pakistan at Saleem Cheshma which is bordering Turkmenistan side with Afghanistan.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan met with Kenneth Juster, the Ambassador of United States of America on February 22, 2018 at the latter’s office in New Delhi.

The meeting aimed at discussing US-Afghanistan bilateral ties and to exchange views on how to further boost relations of both the countries.

Lauding the role of US in the reconstruction of Afghanistan post 2001, the Afghan Ambassador briefed the US Ambassador on the latest developments in Afghanistan.

Dr. Abdali also appreciated the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia and added that it is comprehensive and clear in dealing with terrorism in partnership with India.

To reinforce the early implementation of the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia, the Afghan Ambassador proposed for activation of US-India-Afghanistan trilateral dialogue.  

While reaffirming the US commitment to Afghanistan, the US Ambassador also emphasized on the importance of activating a trilateral meeting between the three nations in order to amplify the early implementation of the new US policy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India Spoke at  St. Stephen’s College dialogue “The Dialog” on February 20, 2018.

Focusing on “Situating Power and Governance in Global World”, the Afghan Ambassador also highlighted the bilateral ties between India and Afghanistan during his speech.

Noting upon the current situation in the world with the prevailing challenges and opportunities, Dr. Abdali spoke about the role of Afghanistan, India and United States-as three strategic partners-in fighting major problems, especially terrorism in the region and the world. He termed the U.S. policy for Afghanistan and South Asia a comprehensive policy towards countering terrorism and its state sponsors and added: “Currently, Afghanistan, India and U.S.  are working together to implement this policy and create a regional consensus to bring peace and stability to the region and the world.”

The Afghan Ambassador touched on the different dimensions of economic transition from West to East, lauded India’s multi-dimensional policy for the same and emphasized on collaboration of the regional countries in order to succeed this shift.

The St. Stephen’s College dialogue  focused on sharing opinions and ideas where the audience got a chance to witness prolific deliberations and discourse by a number of other renowned speakers such as Varun Gandhi-member of Parliament, Sushmita Dev-Member of Parliament-President,  All India Mahila Congress, Anwar Haleem-Diplomat-Indian Foreign Services, Mani Shankar Aiyar-Former Indian Diplomat-Former Union Minister, Kazim Rizvi-Founding Director-The Dialogue, Amna Mirza-author, Brij Pahwa-Editorial specialist,Business World.

 

 

 

Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India met with 10 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) aspirants of the Oasis - Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Academy on February 8, 2018 in New Delhi.

The meeting aimed at briefing the UPSC aspirants about India-Afghanistan’s bilateral relations including enhancing capacities and cultural exchange programs.

At the outset, the Afghan Ambassador welcomed young aspirants and apprised them about the main aim of foreign missions of each country and ways to achieve their goal. He added: “The basic objective behind the embassies and foreign missions of each country is to further strengthen the relations with the host country.”

Ambassador Abdali also noted upon the latest developments in Afghanistan in relation to trade, business, mining and education. 

Referring to bilateral ties between India and Afghanistan, the Afghan Ambassador said: “We are sharing national, common and vital relations based on deep rooted and old-aged historical and cultural relations.”

During the meeting, Dr. Abdali addressed questions of the young UPSC aspirants in regards to education, youth, politics and economy in Afghanistan.

OASIS IAS Academy aims at offering educational services to the students preparing for the civil services exam and imparts comprehensive training-cum-guidance programs which covers all the stages of civil services.

H.E. Gonchig Ganbold, the Ambassador of Mongolia to India met with Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to India at the latter’s office on January 24, 2018.

Besides discussing the bilateral ties between the two nations, the meeting also aimed at seeking Afghan Embassy’s cooperation in order to introduce a national representative to participate in the Board of Governors of the International Think Tank (IIT) for Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDC).

At the outset, the duo spoke about the bilateral ties between the two nations. Dr. Abdali noted upon the historical relations as well as commonalities between Afghanistan and Mongolia, specially the fact that both the nations are landlocked.

During the meeting, the Ambassador of Mongolia briefed the Afghan Ambassador on the concept of the IIT for LLDC. The IIT for LLDC was established after the International Ministerial Conference of Landlocked and Transit Developing Countries and International Financial and Development Institutions on Transit Transport Cooperation, held in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2003.

The IIT for LLDC aims at promoting cooperation, understanding and networking between the landlocked countries of the world.

The Ambassador of Mongolia solicited the Afghan Embassy for its cooperation in introducing a national representative by the government of Afghanistan to participate in IIT for LLDC forums.

Dr. Abdali, in response assured the Ambassador of Mongolia of conveying his message to the government of Afghanistan.

It is worth mentioning that Hamid Tahzeeb, the First Secretary to the Embassy of Afghanistan was also present in the meeting.