The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Fiji through a Joint CommuniquÃ© in both English and Dari signed in New York by H.E. Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, and H.E. Ambassador Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Fiji to the United Nations. The Joint CommuniquÃ© expresses the â€œwillingness to promote mutual understanding and strengthen the friendship and cooperation between the two States in the political, economic, social, humanitarian, cultural and scientific areas based upon the principles and purposes of the United Nations Charter and the norms of international law.â€
Ambassador Tanin emphasized the commitment of the Government of Afghanistan to work with the Republic of Fiji bilaterally, at the United Nations, and in other international for a, and expressed his hope that this step could be the beginning of fruitful and positive cooperation between the two nations.
For his part, Ambassador Thomson celebrated this occasion as a historic moment for the two countries and reiterated his countryâ€™s commitment to friendly and neighborly relations going forward.
The ceremony took place at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, where the two delegations met and enjoyed light refreshments as the Joint CommuniquÃ© was signed.