By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during separate ceremonies accepted credentials of newly appointed ambassadors of India, Rudrendra Tandon, Swedish Torkel Stiernlof, Norway’s Ole Andreas Lindeman, and non-resident Ambassador of Switzerland Benedict Cerjat, at the presidential palace yesterday.
The ambassadors expressed satisfaction with their new mission in Afghanistan and stressed the importance of their countries’ strategic relationship with Afghanistan and the continuation and further development of economic, political and development cooperation, the presidential palace statement added.
They pledged their strong support for the Afghan-led peace process, the preservation of the achievements and values of the past 19 years, and the republic’s desired goal of a peaceful, prosperous and independent Afghanistan, according to the statement.
The four ambassadors also expressed readiness for the upcoming Geneva conference, saying they would support Afghanistan’s development plan. According to them, the international community was ready to provide strong political and financial support to the Afghan government’s five-year development plan.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani welcomed the new ambassadors and wished them success in their new mission, outlining Afghanistan’s economic vision and providing information on governance, peace and market building, the statement quoted.
The president said Afghanistan wanted to expand economic and political ties with the rest of the world and called on them to invest in major energy, power, agricultural and mining projects in Afghanistan.
“We will present our next five-year development plan at the Geneva Conference in the hope of a prosperous and self-sufficient Afghanistan, with a focus on state, peace and market building,” the president added, as quoted in the presidential statement.
Meanwhile, Acting Foreign Minister Mohammad Haneef Atmar had separate introductory meetings with the incoming ambassadors of India, Sweden, Norway and Switzerland. While welcoming the mentioned countries’ ambassadors, Foreign Minister wished them success in their new missions, the MoFA statement added.
FM Atmar also thanked the Ambassadors of all four countries in separate meetings for their support to the Afghanistan peace process and expressed his gratitude for their assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan over the last 19 years. They also exchanged views on the further expansion of relations between Afghanistan and the mentioned countries, according to MoFA statement.
While declaring their support to the Afghan peace negotiations and democratic achievements, including women’s rights and human rights, in the past two decades in Afghanistan, the incoming Ambassadors emphasized on further strengthening bilateral relations during their tenure.
Ambassadors submitted a copy of their credentials to Foreign Minister during the meetings, the statement added.