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Transcript of Speech by H.E. Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the official reception, hosting the foreign ambassadors based in Kabul

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February 24, 2015
Kabul, Afghanistan

بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم

 

Distinguished Ambassadors,

Members of the Diplomatic Community,

Friends and Colleagues,

It is my distinct pleasure to warmly welcome you all to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs this evening.

Tonight’s gathering brings together many distinguished Ambassadors and representatives of both partner countries and organizations with whom we share a common purpose:  a stable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.

Thank you for being here tonight!

I do not want to make this too formal, as this reception is an opportunity for all of us to relax and reconnect, but there are a few points that I would like to share briefly about where we are now, and where we are heading, particularly regarding Afghanistan’s foreign policy, as we begin the Decade of Transformation.

A year ago, there were open questions about whether Afghanistan would complete its security and political transitions without being further destabilized.

I think we all can agree that Afghanistan did weather some difficult storms in this period – most notably, the challenges associated with our difficult, but ultimately successful political transition.

Our people demonstrated patience and fortitude, and came together, in a spirit of unity, to protect and promote our national interests which resulted in the formation of the National Unity Government offering a strong foundation to build on our past progress and realize our future goals.

The successful completion of security transition is another milestone putting the Afghan National Security Forces in the lead to provide security across the country.

Although emerging from the long electoral process has made Afghan political forces more resilient, a great deal of work remains for the National Unity Government.

Restoring confidence in governance, not only with Afghans but our international partners as well; applying lessons learned from the elections to institutional reforms, so that the shortcomings of the past never happen again; enhancing the capabilities of the Afghan National Security Forces; and implementing effective economic policies for the country towards becoming more self-reliant are the key focus of our work in the coming months.

Beyond this, the Transformation Decade also brings with it a new phase in Afghanistan’s foreign policy, focused particularly on economic development.  A key aspect of this is regional cooperation.

President Ghani, CEO Dr. Abdullah, and I recognize the importance of our relationship with our immediate and extended neighbors and allies as defined within the five circles of Afghanistan’s foreign policy.

We endow trust in, and goodwill to our relationships with all our neighbors, regional and international partners.

We will do our utmost to enhance our friendly and effective cooperation without letting our relationship with one country overshadow our relationship with others.

We are ready to explore avenues of cooperation that would bear desired outcomes collectively while respecting our national interests.

In this regard, the most tangible progress we have made since the formation of the National Unity Government is in the area of regional diplomacy and global outreach.

This is partly a result of the clarity of vision and policy that the leadership of the National Unity Government, and President Ghani in particular, has forged in the past few months.

The core message of this new policy is consistent and straightforward:

 

  • Afghan people demand peace and stability,
  • Afghanistan is gradually, but surely realizing its role in regional and international political, security and economic spheres,
  • Finally, Afghanistan is working to enhance its role and position as a responsible member of the international community,

As we set out to achieve these objectives, we will need regional and international assistance to address the challenges we face and to fully embrace and utilize existing and emerging opportunities.

Taking this opportunity, I wish to express our gratitude to all our regional and international partners for the support they have provided to Afghanistan over the past 13 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Afghanistan’s peace and stability have direct impact on the region and beyond and the challenges we face cannot be confined to our borders nor can they be insulated or pushed into others’ backyards.

Terrorism, violent extremism, drug trafficking and other forms of organized crimes as well as mass human migration, are serious threats to regional stability and international order.

Overcoming these threats demand a unified and integrated response through concerted efforts and effective collaboration at both regional and international levels.

We are hopeful in being able to increase the level of regional cooperation to combat these challenges, which is vital to our common success.

Dear Friends,

There are opportunities in this region as well.  Trade, transit, communications and energy interdependence are all opportunities which can ensure the interests of all countries in the region with the implementation of effective economic policies.

Our location as a land-bridge between major economic powers offers an excellent opportunity for economic integration at both regional and international levels.

Our clarity in policy and vigorous diplomatic outreach has been well-received in the region and has helped our neighbors shape their long-term vision for partnership with Afghanistan more precisely.

The emerging regional pivot toward Afghanistan is an important outcome that involves two key interrelated elements:

First: Increased regional interest, participation and support to political, economic and security processes in Afghanistan; and

Second: The need for consensus to forge a more unified regional position in support of these processes.

One area where this consensus is beginning to take shape is,  support to advance our peace and reconciliation efforts, as the priority has been highlighted in various international and regional conferences, including those held in Brussels, London, and Beijing.

In this respect, we are in the process of boosting our engagement with a number of neighboring countries and other partners to achieve real and substantial progress.

We are also inspired by the increased interest of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation and its member-states, in support of the Afghan led and owned peace process.

The OIC and its member-states can play an important role in the process, and its active engagement can have a significant impact given the instrumental misuse of Islamic teachings by terror groups and other insurgents.

With government’s strong will particularly through the leadership of the National Unity Government, along with the changing dynamics within the region, the Islamic World, and the long standing support of the United States and other members of the international community, the prospects for peace and stability in Afghanistan grows stronger.

But reaching full fruition in the process will continue to require patience and collaboration of all our regional and international partners.

We are hopeful that the coming months will bring positive outcomes for Afghanistan and the wider region through the continuation of a multi-lateral diplomacy with the purpose of strengthening regional processes and sustainable international support.

In this regard, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs will operate as proactively as possible, but we need your help.

We hope you will raise with my office any outstanding issues you may have so we can address them as soon as possible, and I am confident that for the sake of close cooperation, you would coordinate outreach and engagements through the Ministry.

And with that I would like to thank you all again for accepting our invitation and coming to this reception tonight.

H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani and the Permanent Mission are awarded medals by Parliamentary Delegation

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Vienna, 23.02.2015

From 18-20 February a parliamentary delegation comprised of members of the Meshrano Jirga, headed by H.E. Mohammad Alam Izidyar, and of the Wolesi Jirga, headed by H.E. Erfanullah Erfan, visited Vienna and actively participated in the 14th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, UN sessions, bilateral meetings, and media interviews. During separate ceremonies at the end of the meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly, H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani was awarded two medals of the Meshrano Jirga and the Wolesi Jirga by the heads of both houses in recognition of his achievements and contributions to the engagement of Afghanistan with the international community, as well as his pursuance of active diplomacy on behalf of the country. The Wolesi Jirga also gave an award to the Permanent Mission and team for their teamwork in representing Afghanistan to the international community in Vienna and for facilitating the participation of the Afghan delegation in meetings and conferences.

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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani to the OSCE Security Committee on the Co-operation between OSCE and UNODC in the context of the UNODC Joint Action Plan 2013-2014, as extended for 2015

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for organizing this morning’s meeting. Let me start by offering my heartfelt condolences for the victims of the Copenhagen terrorist attack and my strong solidarity with the people of Denmark. My hearts and thoughts are with the families and loved ones of those we have lost in recent terrorist attacks.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I welcome UNODC Deputy Executive Director Aldo Lale-Demoz and his colleagues to today’s OSCE Security Committee and I thank him and Secretary General Lamberto Zannier for their comprehensive presentations.

Afghanistan highly appreciates co-operation with both UNODC, which has started long before 2001 and, as a partner for co-operation since 2003, with the OSCE.

We welcome the joint initiative of OSCE and UNODC that was formalized in 2010, to co-operate and co-ordinate their activities and mandates, adding value to the work of the two organizations, exploring synergies and making best use of comparative advantages. Afghanistan, as a recipient of assistance from international and regional organizations for the last decade’s stabilization process in the country, realizes the importance of optimized co-ordination, avoiding of duplication of efforts. In this context, I wish to thank the OSCE Secretary General for his personal efforts toward initiation of OSCE co-operation with other relevant regional organizations.

We welcome the extension of the Joint Action Plan for 2015. Afghanistan continuously benefitted from programmes, projects and assistance provided by both organizations, in numerous areas. We pledge our commitment to further consolidate our alliance in addressing transnational threats such as organized crime, terrorism, corruption, as well as illicit narcotics and chemical precursors, while fostering rule of law issues and good governance.

We are ready to actively participate in joint and integrated regional co-operation programmes, a main pillar of Afghanistan’s foreign policy, and would greatly appreciate continued deliverance of practical action and technical assistance, also inside Afghanistan. Capacity- and institution-building, for government and legislative structures, and civil society organizations, will be crucial during our Decade of Transformation (2015-2024). In particular, we seek your support for the empowerment of women.

The global illicit narcotics economy and international terrorism have had a disastrous impact on Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan are prime victims of these transnational threats, and although there has been limited progress in addressing these menaces, the problems remain virulent and extensive. In order to effectively tackle these threats, we must address all forms of organized crime, based on our shared responsibility and applying a holistic approach, and we should focus on curtailing illicit financial flows. Follow the money and you will find the villain.

Mr. Chairman,

As I mentioned before, Afghanistan has benefitted from its partnership with the international community for the past decade and we remain strongly committed to our continued partnership with the OSCE and UNODC, for the success of our Decade of Transformation (2015-2024). Afghanistan makes every effort on national, regional and international levels to fight all forms of organized crime. Last week, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during a meeting with the OSCE Secretary General also emphasized the importance of our partnership with the OSCE, and this week, a parliamentary delegation from Afghanistan will participate in the Winter Session of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and will address our future partnerships here at the Hofburg and also at the Vienna International Centre. The Afghan delegation in Vienna actively participates in the preparatory process for the OSCE Security Days events, as well as at the UN with preparations for the upcoming Commission on Narcotic Drug session, the Crime Congress in Doha, and the UNGASS-2016 on the World Drug Problem.

Earlier today, I heard also the terminology of “Afghanistan-originated drugs”. While I realize the commitments of our partners, as my EU colleague mentioned, I would like to reiterate the importance of addressing the world drug problem as a global challenge and of applying the principle of shared responsibility. As you know, caused by the cold war and related foreign interventions, Afghanistan became a breeding ground for terrorist activities and organized crime, including illicit drugs. To this day, we remain a prime victim and we pay a heavy price in doing our part in fighting against these transnational, global threats. We believe that no country should be singled out when we discuss global challenges, but we all should join forces and do our part in addressing these transnational, universal threats.

 

Thank you

MPs from Afghanistan participate in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly

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Vienna, 20.02.2015

A high-ranking delegation of MPs from both houses of the National Assembly of Afghanistan participated in the 14th Winter Meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, held at Vienna’s Hofburg from 18 to 20 February, 2015.

Delegates from the Upper House (Meshrano Jirga, House of Elders) and the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga, House of the People) actively participated in the meetings and presented statements in General Committee meetings on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions, including a special debate on “Human Rights of Migrants and Refugees”; and on Political Affairs and Security, including a special debate on “Transnational Security in the OSCE Area: Confronting Terrorism”. Statements were also made during the two Joint Sessions of the General Committees, including a response to the report by Ms. Hedy Fry, the Parliamentary Assembly’s Special Representative on Gender Issues.

Delegates also engaged in a number of bilateral talks with other delegations and OSCE officials at the margins of the conference, and participated in a panel discussion co-organized by ACUNS-Vienna, UNODC and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan (for details please see separate Press Release).

 

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MPs from Afghanistan addressed a UN panel on the “Parliamentary Perspective on Consolidating Democracy during Afghanistan’s Decade of Transformation”

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Vienna, 18.02.2015

On the occasion of the Vienna visit of a high-ranking parliamentary delegation from Afghanistan, the Permanent Mission, together with UNODC and ACUNS-Vienna Liaison Office, co-organized a panel discussion at the United Nations Office at Vienna today, entitled “A Parliamentary Perspective on Consolidating Democracy during Afghanistan’s Decade of Transformation (2015-2024)”.

On the panel were members of the Lower House (Wolesi Jirga) of the National Assembly of Afghanistan, headed by H.E. Erfanullah Erfan, Deputy Secretary; Mr. Jean-Luc Lemahieu, Director of the Division for Policy Analysis and Public Affairs at UNODC; Mr. Stefan Schocher, journalist with Kurier daily newspaper; Dr. Michael Platzer of ACUNS-Vienna (moderator); and H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani.

Ambassador Erfani welcomed the participants, introduced the panelists and provided a brief overview on the topic. Mr. Erfan then presented his assessment and discussed possible developments, highlighting what has been accomplished over the past thirteen years, but also making reference to remaining challenges and obstacles. The MPs highlighted the evident differences between life in Afghanistan under Taliban rule as compared to today, pointing to specific examples including the increased participation of women and the freedom of the media. Praising the new constitution, they discussed the success and consistent improvements of previous parliamentary, presidential and provincial council elections. They also indicated that 17 of 102 seats in the Upper House and 64 of 249 seats in the Lower House are reserved for women. Looking to the future, Mr. Erfan spoke on the urgency of encouraging electoral reform and providing for entirely fair elections. With 2015 marking the start of Afghanistan’s Decade of Transformation, Mr. Erfan seemed confident that Afghanistan would continue to move in the right direction.

Both Mr. Erfan and Ambassador Erfani responded to the remarks by the panelists before Dr. Platzer opened the Q&A session.

A large audience from various UN offices and Permanent Missions actively participated in a lively debate. In his closing remarks, Ambassador Erfani noted that Afghanistan, after having suffered for decades, had started its journey to democracy thirteen years ago. “The establishment of a democratic system ranks among our biggest achievements,” the Ambassador said.

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Ambassador Haron Amin’s Untimely Passing

150px-Haron_Amin,_Spokesman_Northern_Allience,_AfghanistanThe Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna wishes to express its profound sorrow and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and all colleagues at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan on the untimely passing of Ambassador Haron Amin, former Afghan Ambassador to Japan and one of the most prominent and capable Afghan diplomats, known internationally for his tireless efforts towards peace and development in Afghanistan and beyond. He will be always remembered by all his colleagues who knew him and worked with him throughout the difficulties of Afghanistan’s history.

During this time of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family, friends and colleagues to bear this huge loss.

.إنا لله وإنا إليه راجعون

Transcript of Statement by President Ghani at 51st Munich Security Conference

February 8, 2015

Munich, Germany

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Ambassador,

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,

I am the elected President of a 99.9% Muslim country, a country where 38% of the electorate were women, where in order to participate, people had to face cutting  of their fingers. I bring, first, couple of stories to you and then connect to the themes of the Conference.

On June, 2014 , a man with a tractor who would not allow his woman to get out of his house for 40 years,  took forty trips on a tractor to get the women to vote , because legitimacy in my country now comes from the ballot.

On December 16th, 2014, our children playing volleyball were massacred in cold blood and when I called their parents, they told me they have the resolve of steel to stand up to the threats of terror, that they want peace, a peace to enable their children to go to school and become like me, pleased with the word, firmly anchored in our great civilization, and committed to equal rights.

And two weeks ago, we had 4000 Ulemma, these are religious scholars, uniformly they supported the Afghan national army and endorsed our security compact with the United States and our Status of Force Agreement with NATO.

We, ladies and gentlemen, speak for true Islam, for the believes of people and for the aspirations of the future generations. Daesh [ISIL], al-Qaida and the rest of the networks are the aberrations and we must have the courage to be able to speak for the absolute majority,  but in order to speak for them, we must deliver but before that, let me first, Ambassador Ischinger, thank you and thank the members of NATO-ISAF, particularly the United States, European colleagues and others.

Over four thousand of your citizens, men and women, lost their lives in our country, close to a million people served in rotations, we honored that sacrifice and that sacrifice is not going  to be in vain, the Resolute Support Mission that began on January 1, 2015 has been approved by the majority of the two Houses of the Parliament of Afghanistan and it’s a platform for future cooperation.

Together, there is substantial amount that we can do, but what is the nature of the threat?  I would like to speak of the ecology of terror, terror has become a system in a distinctive ecology.  And fortunately, Afghanistan where our successes have made us not be headlines, because when will the media report on a success,  is still the focal point of the media of this ecology.

Pakistan’s operations in North and South Waziristan, have had  a displacement effect, where the center of gravity is shifted to Afghanistan. Daesh [ISIL] is fast moving to stage four of its classic pattern, namely organizing, orienting, deciding and acting. The threat of this ecology is global but Afghanistan is the meeting ground of this global ecology, lest we forget this and take our eyes elsewhere, there will be consequences.

This is not to say that we are not committed , the world does not owe us, we must first take the responsibility to reorganize and we are. The reform programs that we have embarked on are substantial, focused, and their key goal is to honor the electorate. In terms of the idea, we have done what has been unprecedented, namely a victor in an election not claiming the prize, but forming a government of national unity so that all the electorate would be represented. Political consensus is the first basis of moving forward and we are moving forward.

Second, we have engaged the region. Our active diplomacy has brought a series of trilateral relationship, the most significant of which has been China, United States and Afghanistan. Equally, our engagement with Pakistan has been intense, comprehensive and hopefully in quiet. We do not make announcements, we look for outcomes. And we are hopeful that there will be outcomes that will make results that will be game changers in our part of the world. We have engaged our Central Asian neighbors, and soon we will have witnessed the birth of the Lapis lazuli route, a route that would connect Afghanistan to Europe via Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey.

We have engaged all members of five circles of our foreign policy, and here particularly again I would like to thank the United States and the framework nations of Germany, Italy, Turkey, UK and other members who are contributing to the Resolute Support Mission.

But on the ecology of terror, our focus is country by country rather than on  understanding the ecological system. Our response system is slow, because we really don’t understand networks. We take the threats individually rather than systemically. And it is very important not to isolate the events from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya from what is unfolding in Afghanistan and South Asia. Because the threats from the network perspective are becoming stronger, the state response is, unfortunately, weaker.

I am glad to see the concept of hybrid warfare make it into Munich Security Conference’s vocabulary. We have suffered from this practice, so I’d like to call attention to one feature that is not part of the vocabulary yet, “criminality”. Deep networks of criminality are a driver of conflict. Most of the time when we focus on peace, we focus on the ideologues, on the discourse, on formation of networks of discursive understanding.

The key question is who finances the conflict and who benefits from it? It is not that the discourse discursive part is unimportant, but without understanding the deep roots of financing. The global criminal economy is worth 1.7 trillion a year, and the criminalization of part of Afghanistan’s economy is certainly among the top 20 contributors to this.

So, in terms of response, we need compacts for stability and prosperity and this must address four levels; one is at the national level. What enables terrorism to thrive and instability to prevail, is when the citizen is not in the center stage. The Afghan citizen does not live in the 16th century, 18th or 19th. She lives in the 21st century and aspirations of the 21st century. Her participation in the election must be honored by honoring the election and the democratic system and not dismissing.

Of course, it is taking a long time for one of the poorest countries on earth to become fully stable, but the intention in the engagement of the citizen must be taken.

Second, regional – in the region we have had a practice, where states, if provided sanctuary to non-state actors, and or where they have sponsored, where states have sponsored non-state actors deliberately to undermine the security of a neighbor. I hope that it becomes clear that those days are over.

Third, the Islamic level – there is a struggle for the soul of Islam, for who speaks for this great civilization, and we must not remain silent. Silence is no longer an option in face of the barbarity of killing the Jordanian soldier or the Japanese hostage or others.

And fourth is global – our global institutions are slow. They are product of mid 20th century, geared to response to conditions of the  20th century. Without a global architecture that responds to the conditions of 2015, we will always be not two steps behind, Mr. Alisa but ten steps behind. So we do hope that at the global level, we can reorient.

But my last message, and thank you for the opportunity, is one of hope. We will overcome all these difficulties, because Afghans have a unique space in Islamic history. No one in the 20th century has paid a higher price, sacrificed as much, and suffered as much for defending our faith against the Soviet invasion for standing for what is right, for aspiring to generate and contribute to order.

Based on that record, now the people of Afghanistan are ready, not to just open a new page, but to begin a new book, a book of cooperation, understanding and engagement. Our location, our water resources, our mineral resources, our entrepreneurial energies, all allow us to hope for a different day.

We hope that you will remain engaged, and committed and that we all together can participate in inclusive global order where we will all benefit.

Thank you!

Ambassador Erfani addresses the IAEA’s meeting with National Experts

 Ambassador Erfani addresses the IAEA’s meeting with National Experts 

Ambassador Erfani with IAEA experts and the Afghan Delegation

Ambassador Erfani with IAEA experts and the Afghan Delegation

Vienna, 06/02/2015

Ambassador Erfani addressed the organisers and Afghan delegation in Vienna for the IAEA National Experts Meeting to Design and Formulate Technical Cooperation National Projects of Afghanistan for 2016-2017, at the VIC today. The meetings were held from 2-6 February and it was a great opportunity for the delegates to discuss furthering technical cooperation in Afghanistan. Ambassador Erfani addressed the closing session noting the important achievements Afghanistan has made for the past decade, such as the establishment of the Independent Nuclear Energy Commission and how far Afghanistan has come in terms of capacity building in the country, with the assistance of the IAEA, especially in the areas of safety, agricultures and human health. He mentioned that Afghanistan’s priority of strengthening the quality control of X-Ray equipment; radiological monitoring; energy planning; using atomic energy in water, soil and crop improvement; and the Aliabad teaching hospital telemedicine program, among others, are all of great importance as we moved towards improved capabilities and capacities in the country. We appreciate the active cooperation and partnership of the IAEA with Afghanistan in these fields.

Additionally, this week Ambassador Erfani was kept busy with a number of pressing issues: He met with academic Ms. Edit Schlaffer (Women without Borders, Sisters against Violent Extremism) to discuss empowerment of women in Afghanistan, making reference to the successful women’s employment project in Kunduz. They discussed her organisations and possibilities for cooperation with Afghanistan in the future; and the OSCE’s engagement with Afghanistan and neighbouring countries.

On Tuesday Ambassador Erfani met with Ambassador Launsky, head of the Austrian Foreign Ministry’s Department of Development Cooperation to discuss Austria’s furture possible involvement for development projects in Afghanistan and they also discussed including the issues related to the Kunduz project on womens empowerment.

On Wednesday, Ambassador Erfani attended a brainstorming session at the OSCE to prepare for a Security Days discussion on how the OSCE could enhance its efforts to promote tolerance and non-discrimination, as one way to help to prevent the growing challenge of religious related violence in the OSCE region and expressed Afghanistan’s position. Ambassador Erfani noted the importance of the sensitisation of all people to religious diversity and promotion of tolerance and respect for all people. At the meeting he condemned the brutal killing of the Jordanian pilot this week at the hands of extremists.

On Friday, Ambassador Erfani met with the head of the UNODC Terrorism Prevention Branch (TPB) and his team, to discuss UNODC projects in Afghanistan and how the UNODC can be more actively implement these projects in the country. They exchanged views on the future of cooperation and the mandate of the UNODC and Afghanistan’s National Priority Programs. He thanked the UNODC’s continued participation in  Afghanistan’s stabilisation process.

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Afghan Ministers sworn in

National Unity Government’s Eight Cabinet Ministers Sworn in

Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, administered an oath to eight cabinet ministers who recently won confidence vote from the Lower House.

 

Afghan Cabinet Ministers sworn in.

Afghan Cabinet Ministers sworn in.

 

During an official ceremony that took place at Presidential Palace where the Government Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, 2nd Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, President’s Special Representative on Reforms and Good Governance Ahmad Zia Masoud, 1st Deputy Chief Executive Engineer Mohammad Khan and 2nd Deputy Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqiq were present, Salahuddin Rabbani Minister of Foreign Affairs, Eklil Hakimi Minister of Finance, Noorulhaq Ulomi Minister of Interior Affairs, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz Minister of Public Health, Dawood Shah Saba Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Faiz Mohammad Osmani Minister of Haj and Religious Affairs, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi Minister of Refugees and Repatriations, and Engineer Nasir Ahmad Durani Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, took an oath of loyalty.

 

The ministers of National Unity Government swore to protect the Holy religion of Islam, respect the Constitution and other laws of Afghanistan, safeguard the rights of citizens as well as independence, territorial integrity and the national unity of the people of Afghanistan, and, in all deeds consider the Almighty’s presence, and perform their entrusted duties honestly.

After the swear-in-ceremony, President Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah congratulated the cabinet ministers and wished them success to serve the people of Afghanistan.