On Tuesday, August 23, Ambassador Mahmoud Saikal welcomed 15 young Afghan diplomats to the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the UN. The diplomats are in the United States to attend a two week training program on diplomatic craft and management skills. This program is a partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China and was organized by Meridian, in partnership with the Public Diplomacy Council. The aim of the program is to provide delegates with a strong understanding of the diplomatic process and requisite protocol, including employing proper terminology and drafting diplomatic correspondence.
Ambassador Saikal gave the diplomats an overview of the work done by the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in New York. He emphasized on the role of UN and relations between member states and the UN and its agencies, work done by the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan at the UN, and procedures for running the Mission. Given the importance of the UN and its mandate in Afghanistan, it is imperative for our diplomats to learn more about multilateral organizations and diplomacy in that purview. The 15 Afghan diplomats finished their visit to New York by a tour of the United Nations.