70th United Nations General Assembly visit
H.E. Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has arrived in New York to attend the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He is accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Hekmat Karzai, and other dignitaries from the Ministry. During the eight day visit, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah will address the General Assembly on the situation in Afghanistan, the region, and related global issues.
On the first day of his official visit, H.E. Chief Executive Abdullah attended the address by His Holiness Pope Francis to the United Nations General Assembly. He addressed the opening plenary of the United Nations summit for adoption of the post 2015 development agenda. While reiterating Afghanistan’s commitment and dedication to implementing this agenda, and the unwavering efforts in fulfilling all its goals and targets by 2030, Dr. Abdullah said: “A big part of Afghanistan’s Transformation Decade (2015-2025) coincides with the 2030 development agenda. Afghanistan will remain committed to developing strategies and policies to integrate our national development agenda with the 2030 development agenda.”
H.E. CEO Dr. Abdullah also participated in the US-Afghanistan-China trilateral event on Afghanistan’s Peaceful Reconstruction and Regional Cooperation. US Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry and Foreign Minister of China Mr. Wang Yi, along with members of the Afghanistan delegation and other dignitaries were present at this event. Expressing the hope that the co-chairs of this high-level meeting and other concerned stakeholders will continue to stand by Afghanistan’s common objectives, Dr. Abdullah asked for continued support of Afghanistan’s endeavors to guarantee regional stability and prosperity, which in turn, help in the solidification of security across the world.
Dr. Abdullah also attended the Afghan National Action Plan on Drugs event. Deputy Secretary of State Ms. Heather Higginbottom, along with members of the Afghanistan delegation were present at the event moderated by Ambassador Zahir Tanin. The meeting focused on the plan and its components of addressing the challenges posed by illicit narcotics through three interrelated goals: decrease of cultivation of opium; decrease the production and trafficking of opiates; and reduce the demand for illicit drugs in Afghanistan and increase the provision of treatment for users. In conclusion, it was stated that the drug issue is a global issue and it must be addressed through steadfast commitment and engagement of the Afghan authorities and the support of the international community.
Dr. Abdullah participated in the Global Leaders’ Meeting on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: A Commitment to Action, Co-organized by: The People’s of China and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). At the event, he stressed Afghanistan’s commitment to providing equal rights for women and children, and got huge applause when he stated the tremendous progress in Afghanistan on women’s empowerment and significant public role played by women in the last few years.
In addition to these high level events, Dr. Abdullah also attended numerous bilateral meeting along with other members of the Afghan delegation. Key meetings included Bill Gates, Mr. Nicholas Haysom, Head of UNAMA, President of Tajikistan H.E. Emomali Rahmon, H.E. Jens Stolenberg, NATO Secretary General, and others.
H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani also attended these high level events with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah. Minister Rabbani was also present at the Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process event on enhanced cooperation for countering security threats and promoting connectivity in the region. This event was attended by numerous countries from the region and a ministerial draft declaration was discussed, along with other issues of relevance.
Deputy Foreign Minister Mr. Hekmat Karzai chaired a 6+1 event attended by India, Pakistan, Iran, China, USA, and Russia on the 4th round of informal dialogue on regional stability where an update on Afghanistan’s security and economic condition was provided by Deputy Minister Karzai, followed by a regional security approach for counter terrorism as proposed in the draft declaration for the Heart of Asia.
The delegation will be attending the opening of the 70th United Nations General Assembly today.