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Embassy of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

New Delhi

The Afghan Embassy Celebrates Nowruz

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in New Delhi celebrated the International Day of Nowruz jointly with the embassies of Azerbaijan, Uzbekestan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan on March 20, 2017 at The Umrao Hotel.

Recognized by UNESCO as the International Day of Nowruz, this day is celebrated by many nations across the world.  Embassies of the Nowruz region countries jointly celebrate this day every year in Delhi. FULL STORY 

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Ambassador Abdali Attends Nowruz Celebration at JNU

H.E. Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali attended Nowruz Celebration and inaugural session of national seminar on “Pashto, Dari and Urdu: A Common Linguistic and Cultural Heritage” and spoke about historic background of Nawrooz and its celebration in Afghanistan. The event was organized by Centre for Persian & Central Asian Studies, School of Language Literature and Cultural Studies of Jawaharlal Nehru University in collaboration with Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. FULL STORY 

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During the celebrations, a group of Indian girls sing a Pashto Song
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Ambassador Abdali Speaks at a Seminar on Shah Waliullah and Tasawwuf

H.E Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali participated as a guest of honor and spoke in South Asian Literature Festival organized by the Foundation of SAARC Writers and Literature from 24-26 February, 2017 in New Delhi. FULL STORY
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Ambassador Abdali Discusses Indo-Afghan Relations at JMI 
H.E. Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali discussed the Indo-Afghan relations at an international conference titled “Indo-Afghan Relation: Evaluating the Development and Strategic Partnership” at Jamia Millia Islamia on March 21, 2017. 
DCM Balkhi Attends International Conference on Oriental Studies & Bedil
Deputy Chief of Mission, Mirwais Balkhi attended a 3-day international conference and seminar on Oriental studies and Bedil held at Aligarh Muslim University in Uttar Pradesh from 1- 3 March 2017. FULL STORY

The Second Meeting of the JWG between Afghanistan and India Held in New Delhi

A delegation from Afghanistan comprised of MohammadYama Shams, Director General and CEO of Afghanistan Railways Authority (AfRA), Amanullah Ghalib, Deputy Minister of Energy & Water and Ahmed Saed Hamdard paid a working visit to India from February 22 to 27, 2017. FULL STORY

Afghanistan and India to Ink Agreement for Cooperation in Railway Sector

A delegation from Afghanistan comprised of MohammadYama Shams, Director General and CEO of Afghanistan Railways Authority (AfRA), Amanullah Ghalib, Deputy Minister of Energy & Water and Ahmed Saed Hamdard paid a working visit to India from February 22 to 27, 2017.

The visit aimed to forge technical cooperation between Afghanistan and India in the sectors of railways and renewable energy.

The delegation met Suresh P. Prabhu, Minister of Indian Railways on February 23, 2017 to seek India’s technical assistance in implementing Afghanistan National Railway Plan (ANRP). At the meeting India’s Railways Minister evinced his country’s interest in taking part in developing railway infrastructure in Afghanistan and both sides agreed to ink an agreement for cooperation between the railway authorities of the two countries. FULL STORY

  Interviews 

Bring Taliban to the table to nip IS, says Afghan NSA

Times of India
The so-called Islamic State terror group (or Daesh) and the Taliban in Afghanistan are not opposed to each other. They have “a symbiotic relationship“. “People who are now saying that Daesh is the enemy of Taliban and Taliban will fight Daesh are wrong,“ said Hanif Atmar,
national security adviser of Afghanistan in an exclusive chat with TOI. Atmar said, “No Daesh has come from Syria or Iraq, it's the morphing and mutating of Taliban, TTP (Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan) and IMU (Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan) into Daesh. They are the same people, but there is a lot of re-branding here.“  FULL ARTICLE HERE
India Today Exclusive: Watch Hanif Atmar Afghan NSA Speak On Pakistans Take On Terrorism
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‘No peace mechanism in afghanistan complete without india’

Indian Express

Afghanistan Ambassador to India Dr Shaida M Abdali talks to Ritu Sharma about India’s firm presence in peace-building mechanisms in the conflict-riddled country, the change in government in the US and the need for bringing back Afghan Hindus and Sikhs. Excerpts:

How will the changing political situation in the US affect peace-building in Afghanistan?

The war against terrorism began 15-16 years ago by the US. Sanctuaries for terrorists still exist, and so do their support networks. Their 16-year war has not brought us the right results. We hope they will rethink their entire approach towards the war against terrorism. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

INDIA IMPIRE Prints: 
Interview with H.E. Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
 
''Educating girls doesn't only mean educating the entire family but the whole nation"
 

We had last interviewed H.E. Dr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Afghanistan's Ambassador to India, in our October 2015 edition. This time the focus of our interview was centered around women's empowerment, a key subject that Afghanistan is grappling with at the moment. Ambassador Abdali put things in perspective in this interview with  Editor  and Publisher Sayantan Chakravarty

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