Sunday 19 January 2020
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Celebration of 65th Afghanistan – China Diplomatic Relations Anniversary

KABUL – The 65th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the People’s Republic of China attended by the Senior Officials of the two countries and Ambassadors from friendly countries to Kabul was celebrated today.

The Ministry on this occasion hosted two events; an academic seminar on Afghanistan – China relations and a dinner reception.

Two of the Chinese scholars presented in the said seminar their articles on Afghanistan and China and the MoFA Center for Strategic Studies, Kabul University, and Afghan and Chinese researchers also presented their articles. The second event ended with dinner reception attended by senior officials of the two countries and Ambassadors of the friendly countries to Kabul.

Deputy Minister Nab for Economic Cooperation and the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul in had their remarks during the reception held in Storai Palace. The Martial Arts performance of the Kung Fu team who came from China during the event added to the atmosphere of the event.

Afghanistan is one of the first countries to recognize in1951the new Chinese Government established in 1949 led by the country’s Communist Party. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on January 20, 1955.

Acting Foreign Minister Meets with United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Commonwealth, UN and South Asia

LONDON – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Idrees Zaman met with Mr. Lord Ahmad UK Minister of State for Commonwealth, UN and South Asia, yesterday evening.

The two sides discussed on importance of cooperation for a thorough and transparent investigation of the heartbreaking incident of Ukrainian airplane PS752 crash in Tehran and loss of many innocent lives.

During the meeting Mr. Ahmad also reiterated Britain’s continued support and commitment to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.  

Both sides concluded the meeting with the hope that the year 2020 would be the year of strengthening bilateral relations for both nations.

International Coordination and Response Group for [families of] the victims of Flight PS752 - Framework for Cooperation with Iran

LONDON – Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan and the UK - members of the International Coordination and Response Group for [families of] the victims of Flight PS752 -held an in-person meeting at Canada House in London, UK, today and agreed upon a framework for cooperation with Iran in response to this tragedy to provide closure. accountability, transparency and justice for the families and loved ones of all the victims.

The framework is centered on five key elements that will guide our engagement with the Iranian authorities to ensure:

  • Full and unhindered access for our officials to and within Iran to provide consular services.
  • That the victim identification process is conducted with dignity, transparency and according to international standards and that the wishes of the families regarding repatriation are respected in all cases.
  • A through, independent and transparent international investigation open to grieving nations governed by the Convention of International Civil Aviation
  • The Government of Iran assumes full responsibility for this tragedy and recognizes its duties towards the families of the victims - including compensation.
  • Accountability for those responsible through an independent criminal investigation followed by transparent and impartial judicial proceedings which conform to international standards of due process and human rights.

We welcome the Government of Iran's engagement to date and encourage their continued cooperation.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Kabul

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Mr. Mirwais Nab met with Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Kabul Mr. Ovezov Hoja Sapargeldiyewich.

The two sides exchanged views on economic projects between the two countries, regional cooperation as well as strengthening bilateral ties of the two countries in various spheres during the current year 2020.

Deputy Foreign Minister Meets ADB Country Director for Afghanistan

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation Mr. Mirwais Nab met with Country Director of Asian Development Bank for Afghanistan Mr. Narendra Singru this afternoon. 

In this meeting, the two sides discussed and exchanged views on preparations for holding the Eighth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VIII) set to be held in May 2020 in Uzbekistan as well as the celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) and meetings associated with it, in one of the member countries.

During the meeting, the two sides also discussed the upcoming visit of ADB’s high-level delegation to Kabul due to take place next week.

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