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Foreign Ministry Holds Ceremony To Introduce Newly Appointed Deputy Foreign Minister Esar

KABUL – Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a ceremony to introduce Ms. Naheed Esar as the new Deputy Foreign Minister for Management & Resources, this afternoon.

The event was attended by the cabinet Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Director Generals of various government authorities, advisors to the President, and foreign ministry officials.

Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman, speaking at the event welcomed Ms. Esar, congratulating her on the assumption of a very important office in the country’s diplomatic apparatus.  Briefly sharing his experience of the ministry with her, Deputy Ministry Zaman wished his administrative counterpart best of success in the assigned tenure.   

Deputy Minister Esar, in her speech delivered in the event, thanked the President and the Foreign Minister for their confidence in her to assume the important position.

She assured the foreign ministry officials of closely working with them in advancing the relevant affairs and thereon meeting the national interests of the country. 

Indian Ambassador to Kabul Calls On Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office with the Ambassador of the Republic of India to Kabul, Mr. Vinay Kumar, this morning.

The two sides discussed bilateral arrangements and exchanged views on a wide range of issues of common interest.

At the outset, Deputy Minister Zaman congratulated Ambassador Kumar on Prime Minister Modi’s successful visit to Europe.

On the bilateral arrangements, the Indian envoy briefed Deputy Minister Zaman on some infrastructure projects, assuring him of smooth progress.

The meeting also focused on issues of common interest including the peace process, the upcoming presidential elections as well as issues of regional nature and some other upcoming events.

Both sides emphasized the importance of regional connectivity.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Meets British Ambassador to Kabul

KABUL – British Ambassador to Kabul Ms. Alison Blake called on Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman, this afternoon.

The two sides discussed a wide range of issues of mutual interest, aspects of bilateral ties and the upcoming events.

At the outset, Ambassador Blake recalled with sympathy the recent security incident in Kabul that claimed many innocent lives, calling it “a terrible attack against civilians”. She reiterated her country’s commitment to supporting Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).

The meeting focused on the peace process and related issues; including the regional dynamics and the role of the relevant countries in the process, the presidential elections, and the upcoming UN General Assembly and its side events.

The British Ambassador, expressing optimism over successful holding of the upcoming elections said Britain is committed to the Afghan electoral process.

“There is no reason why it shouldn’t be a good election”, said Ambassador Blake.

Deputy Minister Zaman and Ambassador Blake discussed Britain’s role in Afghanistan both as an important partner and a NATO member.

The British Ambassador assured the Deputy Foreign Minister of continued cooperation with Afghanistan, highlighting Britain’s focus on girls’ education, climate change, and biodiversity.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Meets PRC Special Representative for Afghanistan

KABUL - Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani met with the Special Representative of the People’s Republic of China for Afghanistan Mr. Deng Xijung today.

Mr. Zijung strongly condemned the terrorist attack during a wedding ceremony last night as a result of which a large number of civilians lost their lives and got injured.

Mr. Xijung, expressing his country’s readiness to host the Intra-Afghan talks explained the dynamics of Chinese cooperation to help in Afghanistan’s Peace Process.

Minister Rabbani also called China a very good friend of Afghanistan and appreciated China’s cooperation with Afghanistan.

The two sides talked on Doha negotiations, bilateral cooperation, regional cooperation, and counter terrorism.

Newly Appointed Australian Ambassador to Kabul Called on Deputy Foreign Minister

KABUL – Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Mr. Idrees Zaman met in his office the new Ambassador of Australia to Kabul Mr. Geoff Tooth, this morning.

Ambassador Tooth, who recently presented his credentials to the Afghan President, called on Deputy Minister Zaman to discuss bilateral ties as well as issues of mutual interest and concern.

At the outset, the two sides recalled and praised the 50 years of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Australia.

The meeting also focused on the peace process and related issues as well as the Afghan government’s stance with regard to the talks due to be finalized between the US government and the Taliban.

Deputy Minister Zaman highlighted the regional dynamics in relation to the said process, noting that Afghanistan is committed to confidence-building among the relevant regional countries.

The Australian Ambassador reiterated his county’s support for the peace process as well as commitment to consolidating the democratic gains in Afghanistan, terming the recent security incidents as ‘disturbing’.

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