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Well thank you so much. It is a pleasure to meet you again even as together we all battle the COVID-19. The India-Afghanistan bond goes back deep in history. Over time, the two nations have gone through thick and thin. After the fall of the Taliban, India has been working hard to strengthen and promote the common values that the two countries have. India has undertaken development projects which really have won the hearts and minds of the Afghan people. The water dam (Afghan-India Friendship Dam in Herat) is one of the largest projects India carried out in Afghanistan and a lot of people are benefitting from it. The India-built House of Parliament is a monument that is testimony that New Delhi believes in Afghanistan’s democratic values. But if I were to highlight one of the biggest achievements in terms of benefits, it has to be the number of scholarships that India has been providing to Afghanistan. Ever since the fall of the Taliban around 70,000 Afghan students have been to India, currently 17,000 students from our country are studying in institutions across India. So the friendship and brotherhood that the two countries have is very unique. That is why Afghanistan signed the first strategic partnership with India.

Also, Afghanistan is at a very critical juncture today. For that reason, it is engaging with the region, especially with one of the most trusted and great partners—India, in terms of the peace talks in Afghanistan.

-Mr Tahir Qadiry Chargé D' Affaires, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in India



India-Afghanistan Foundation has been playing a major role in enhancing cultural and educational ties between the two nations. Facilitating exchange programs, organizing seminars, symposia, colloquia and workshops on subjects of common interest, the India-Afghanistan Foundation boosts people to people relations and it also helps introduce cultures of both nations to each other.

-H.E. Mr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India

JULY 2017


The development of the concept of "smart city" in the region and across the world has prompted the academic and administrative bodies in Afghanistan to study the feasibility of it in Afghanistan. It has been less than a decade that the concept and literature of smart city appeared among the engineers and welfare communities in Afghanistan. So the people of Afghanistan have been introduced conceptually to the terminology. The Government of Afghanistan in cooperation with the business community initiated building smart city in the outskirt of Kabul in 2015. Afghanistan is considering possibilities of building smart cities in metropolitan cities of Mazar-e Sharif, Herat, Kandahar and Jalalabad, and then to expand it to other parts of the country.

-H.E. Mr Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

MARCH 2017


Afghanistan is the land of potential opportunities; one of the major potential opportunities is natural mining resources. A quick survey of the Afghan and foreign experts in recent years shows that Afghanistan's natural resources and mines are very rich. These main sources are studied in 27 regions of the country; Gold and copper mines is estimated a worth of $ 30 billion in Zarkashan of Ghazni province. Lithium mines in Herat, Farah, Nimruz and Ghazni provinces is estimated a worth of 60 billion dollars. Rare earth minerals and niobium in Khan-Nishin district of Helmand province valued at approximately 89 billion dollars.

-H.E. Mr Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan



It is not so much the conflict of interests to be blamed for, but more the lack of identifying common interests and a sound political and socio-economic paradigm that can bring about a positive change.

-H.E. Mr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India

JUNE 2016


We are trying to expand this relationship as much as possible. We have been working on very strategic economic projects with India which will not only contribute to the economies of India and Afghanistan but the economies of the entire region.

-H.E. Mr Shaida Mohammad Abdali, Ambassador of Afghanistan to India