Islamabad, December 9, 2015
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ
Thank you Excellency,
Honorable members of the press, Good afternoon,
Before starting to share a few main points about the Fifth ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia –Istanbul process andthe Islamabad declaration, I would like to take a moment to express my sincereappreciation and gratitude to my dear colleague His Excellency Sartaj Aziz for his tireless contributions throughout the year particularly his hard work today as co-chair of this conference.
I also want to thank the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for hosting the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process andtheir gracious hospitality.
During our discussions today weacknowledged the importance of the Heart of Asia Process as an effective regional platform aimed at a stable, peaceful, prosperous and developed Afghanistan and the region. An initiative that seeks to complement other existing regional initiatives and processes for promoting cooperation among us.
Today’s conference resulted in the adoption of Islamabaddeclaration that reflects a wide range of commitments by the participating and supporting countries and supporting regional and international organizations of the Heart of Asia – IstanbulProcess.
As appropriately themed “ enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the Heart of Asia region”, this ministerial conference comes at a moment when in-depth discussions and consensus on these two areas are of great importance.
In this context, we noted that the security threats we are facing are not confined to a particular country and there is need for timely collaborative measures to be taken in order to prevent its spread to the entire region.
Hence, the need to explore a collective security approach and pursue a common counter-terrorism strategy was highly emphasized.
Afghanistan is at the forefront of the war against terrorism, fighting regional and international terrorist groups and safeguarding the region against the spread of terrorism. Hence we made a call on our regional and international partners to work with us and provide the necessary assistance so that we can continue this battle.
To address the issues of terrorism and violent extremism, we agreed that specific measures and actions should be taken to deny terrorists' access to financial and material resources.
In this context, we tasked relevant Senior Officialsto hold a meeting, in the first half of 2016, on security issues and counter terrorism measures.
Similarly, We agreed that economic development is vital to our overall welfare,prosperity, and stability. The conference urged cooperation among regional countries on projects that have the potential of transforming Afghanistan as a transit hub in the Heart of Asia region.
We concurred that making the customs procedures and policies easier, is imperative for removing barriers and would help facilitate smooth movement of goods and increase the economic growth and welfare of this region.
Last but not least, we thank all countries,including the RepublicofIndia,for offering to host the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process’s Ministerial Conference as Co-chair in 2016.
With this, I want to open up for a few questions.
Thank you all for your presence here.
هموطنان عزیز و گرانقدر،
احتراما به اطلاع رسانیده می شود:
سفارت جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان همواره تلاش نموده است تا خدمات قنسولی معیاری به هموطنان عزیز ارائه نماید؛ اما در این اواخر تعدادی از مراجعین از اضافه ستانی و جعل اسناد شکایت نموده اند. چنانچه اخیرا بنابر صدور اجازه نامه جعلی مسافرت به افغانستان، یکی از خانواده های افغان از مسافرت به افغانستان بازمانده و مورد تحقیق قرار گرفته است.
بنابراین، به منظور جلوگیری از اضافه ستانی، جعل اسناد، و در عین زمان، تامین شفافیت و فراهم آوری خدمات مطمئین و موثر قونسلی، از تمام هموطنان عزیز صمیمانه تقاضا می گردد تا جهت دریافت خدمات قونسلی مطمئین، شخصا با بخش قنسولی این سفارت در تماس شده در خواست های خود را به این سفارت ارسال نمایند.
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سفارت جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان - کنبرا
Statement from Abbas Farasoo in
‘Diaspora and Afghanistan Forum’
27 Nevomber 2015
University of Melbourne
The Honorable Mr Robin Scott MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs
Ms Annemarie Watt, Director Afghanistan Political Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
The supporters of this event, the Victorian Government and the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship
The partners organising this event: Diaspora Action Australia and the Melbourne Refugee Studies Program
Distinguished delegates from the Afghan Australian organisations and their members, and from the international aid and development agencies participating here today
Ladies and Gentlemen
At the outset, I would like to express my gratitude to Diaspora Action Australia, the University of Melbourne, and the Victorian State Government for organizing this impressive forum for Afghanistan.
I would also like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Australian authorities for their support for Afghanistan and the Afghan community, which I believe to be important signs of the deepening Afghan-Australian friendship.
I welcome the opportunity for me to be here with you today. The inspiration behind this gathering, in fact, demonstrates the capacity of building a beautiful multicultural society and at the same time connecting different parts of the world here in Australia. It is the Afghan diaspora community that has connected Afghanistan with Australia for generations.
Although the Afghan-Australian formal diplomatic relationship is young, our nations have at least 150 years of shared history. The first Afghans with their camels came to Australia to participate in the development of communication networks in this beautiful country. Playing a continuing and constructive role in Australian society is an historical element of the identity of Afghans in Australia.
Ladies and Gentlemen
I would like to thank the Australian people for their support of Afghans here in Australia and in Afghanistan. Australia has provided support to Afghans during challenging times, and more so during this time of war against terror.
After three decades of conflict Afghanistan remains in the focus of the fight against international terrorism. The terrorist groups such as ISIS and the Taliban are killing our innocent people every day. Just last weeks they beheaded 7 men and women including a 9 year old girl.
Australian troops have been fighting against terrorism in Afghanistan and supporting the Afghan people to build a brighter future for themselves. Although the operational mission of the international forces is ending in Afghanistan, Australia remains committed to long-term support for the development and stability of Afghanistan. Of course Afghans will never forget Australian support, particularly of those who have lost their precious lives in Afghanistan. But at the same time, we should not forget that we are fighting against the forces of terrorism and barbarism on behalf of the international community. Afghans are also victims, being at the frontline of this fight.
As we look to our future bilateral relations, Afghanistan will honour and remember Australia's contribution to the fight against terrorism, the assistance for reconstruction of Afghanistan, and significantly, the hosting of thousands of Afghan refugees in these difficult times in our history. Furthermore Australia supports human rights, womens rights, and Afghan young democracy. Our bilateral relationship is enriched with shared interests, deepening cooperation, and remarkable achievements.
It is clear that terrorism is a common enemy of humanity and the common threat for our shared future. In this spirit, we need to continue to work together to confront this common threat. Afghanistan at the frontline of the war against terrorism will continue to need international support. As we stand here today, in many parts of Afghanistan, the ordinary people, men, women and children, are daily the targets of terrorist acts.
Ladies and Gentlemen
I believe, the vibrant Afghan diaspora in Australia has an important role to play in furthering our bilateral relations in cultural, economic and social spheres. I am delighted to see the Afghan community as an important member of this vibrant multicultural society and a player in the bilateral relations between the two countries.
I believe this forum is an indication of the vibrant and mutually enriching interaction of our cultures. I believe that Afghan-Australians offer important assets for deepening Afghan-Australian friendship and building a bright future for your own people. In fact, modern diplomacy is not restricted exclusively to official diplomats like me, but rather it is people to people relationships and I am proud of the deepening people to people relationship with Australia.
I know the Afghan diaspora is working very hard to play positive roles in their host society, and represent a very positive and peaceful image of Afghan men and women, and our beloved country. I am sure, the event today, is a testament to our shared commitment to a culture of peace, a future of tolerance, shared joys and happiness.
My special thanks go to the Afghan diaspora community in Australia for supporting Afghanistan and Australia together.
Eid Holiday Notice!
The Embassy of the I.R of Afghanistan would like to wish all fellow Afghans in Australia and New Zealand a very Happy Eid and would also like to notify that the Embassy will be closed from Wednesday 23th until 28th of September 2015 in observance of Eid Al-Adha.
اطلاعیه سفارت ج.ا. افغانستان در کنبرا
سفارت جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان در کنبرا فرا رسیدن عید الاضحی را به تمام هموطنان عزیز مقیم استرالیا و زیلاند نو تبریک و تهنیت عرض میدارد و به اطلاع میرساند که سفارت ج.ا.ا مقیم کنبرا در روزهای عيد الاضحی ، از روز چهارشنبه تاریخ 23 سپتامبر الی دوشنبه تاریخ 28 سپتامبر ۲۰۱۵، تعطیل میباشد و هموطنان عزیز مطلع باشند.