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.
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.