By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The mayor of Paris city on Saturday officially honored the memory of Afghanistan’s National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud with a plaque in the city.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement said Sunday that the Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar praised the French initiative to name a road in Paris after the national hero and called it a great honor for France to achieve the aspirations of the people of the two countries for peace and freedom.
“FM Atmar also stressed the importance of the country’s support for the Afghan peace process, the preservation of democratic values and human rights, especially of women, and stressed the importance of continued French support and cooperation with Afghanistan,” the statement said.
Earlier this month, the Council of Paris unanimously voted to install a plaque in the 8th arrondissement in homage to Massoud, said deputy of Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo and in charge of international relations.
“Today, commander Massoud is the symbol of fraternity between Afghanistan and France. Our countries will soon celebrate the centurial of our diplomatic relations, in the past 100 years. The French republic has assisted our people in different aspects,” Ahmad Shah’s Massoud’s son Ahmad Massoud said at an event in Paris on Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by some of Afghanistan’s mainstream political leaders among them Abdullah Abdullah, the head of High Council for National Reconciliation and former president Hamid Karzai.
Ahmad Shah Massoud was assassinated in a suicide blast by two al-Qaida members in Takhar province on Sept. 9, 2001. In this connection, one of the UAE companies has recently produced and marketed a perfume called “Commander Massoud.”