Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal met with the President of 70th UNGA, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft today.

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft .

On 2 November 2015, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN met with the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mr. Mogens Lykketoft .

After congratulating Mr. Lykketoft on his election of the Presidency of the General Assemby, Ambassador Saikal provided a thorough background on the situation in Afghanistan, role of the UN in Afghanistan, and the importance of international partners in Afghanistan’s development and progress.

Ambassador Saikal and President Lykketoft exchanged views on a whole range of issues including security, economic development, regional stability, and international support for Afghanistan’s development in the coming years. President Lykketoft mentioned his visits to Afghanistan and expressed his full support for Afghanistan’s transformation in the coming years.

The meeting was concluded with assurances of cooperation from both sides on matters of mutual interest. They pledged their support to work together on multiple issues through the upcoming year.

Students Represent Afghanistan at Model UN Conference

On Thursday, October 29 2015, H.E. Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, met with students from the Culinary Arts Academy at Weaver High School in Hartford, Connecticut at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations. This group of high school students were going to represent Afghanistan at the 63rd annual Model United Nations conference.

Students Represent Afghanistan at Model UN Conference

Students Represent Afghanistan at Model UN Conference

Welcoming the group to the Mission, Ambassador Saikal briefed them about the history, demography, geography, culture, and current situation of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Saikal remarked that the past 14 years in Afghanistan has shown much improvement due to the collective efforts of the Government of Afghanistan, the international community, and the NGO and donor partners.

However, he highlighted that Afghanistan still faces insecurity due to the brutal attacks of the Taliban and other foreign-backed terrorist groups.

Ambassador Saikal specifically focused on the work of the National Unity Government and the challenges faced by citizens today. The problem of unemployment, little access to water and other resources, easy access to illegal arms, as well as the general economy, whose improvement is evident, but slow are significant areas of concern for Afghanistan.

He expressed hope that positive developments in strengthening the rule of law, access to education, women’s issues, and health would continue to improve.

He finally detailed his role and responsibilities as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, and the importance of improving Afghanistan´s relationships with the international community.

Ambassador Saikal’s address was followed by a question and answer session between the Ambassador and the students on a wide variety of issues.

New Ambassador presents credentials to Secretary General

Press Release
The new Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal, presented his credentials today to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

H.E. Mahmoud Saikal, new Permanent Representative of the Mission of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations, presents credentials to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

H.E. Mahmoud Saikal, new Permanent Representative of the Mission of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations, presents credentials to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Ambassador Saikal is a senior Afghan diplomat and international development specialist with over two decades of experience with governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Saikal served as Special Representative and Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive of Afghanistan (2014-2015), Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan (2005-2006), Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia and New Zealand (2002-2005), First Secretary and later Counselor Minister Plenipotentiary at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Tokyo (1993-1994).

Ambassador Saikal was instrumental in the negotiation of various agreements, including the 2014 agreement on the formation of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan, the  “Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability” a track II initiative launched in Kabul in 2013, the “Afghanistan Compact” which was launched at the London International Conference on Afghanistan in 2006, as well as the 2006 Afghanistan-NATO Declaration, which set out the Framework for Enduring Cooperation in Partnership.

He was deeply involved in the promotion of regional cooperation, resulting in Afghanistan’s membership in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), strengthening Afghanistan’s membership in Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), and formulation of the process of Regional Economic Cooperation Conferences on Afghanistan (RECCA).

Ambassador Saikal has a Master’s Degree in International Development from Deakin University of Melbourne, as well as two bachelor degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Canberra. He graduated with First Class French Baccalaureate from Lycee Esteqlal of Kabul.

Born on 1 January 1962, Ambassador Saikal is married with two children.