COMMEMORATION OF THE MARTYRS DAYS
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On 19 September 2015, Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva commemorated the Martyrs Day. The event brought together Afghans from all Switzerland to pay homage to all martyrs who scarified their lives for the freedom of Afghanistan.
Mr. Azizullah Omar, Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan while thanking the participants valued the efforts of the Afghan Martyrs, particularly, the national hero of Afghanistan Ahmad Shah Masood and Professor Burhanuddin Rabbani who scarified their lives for freedom and national sovereignty of Afghanistan. He further added that, the people of Afghanistan honor and pay tribute to all the martyrs who lost their lives for the independence, peace and stability of Afghanistan.
Commemorating this day is an expression of the strong commitment of the Afghan people to continuously build upon previous achievements and towards an independent, united and prosperous Afghanistan, that should be free from terrorism and other threats.
A message from the Charge d’affaires
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Dear Visitors and distinguished members of the Afghan and International community in Geneva.
I have the honored to take my office as the Charge d’affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to Switzerland and the United Nations office and other international organizations in Geneva on 23 July 2015.
The diplomatic relationship between Afghanistan and Switzerland was founded in 1928 and Afghanistan opened its first Permanent Mission in Geneva in 1985. Subsequently the Swiss Cooperation office in Kabul was established in 2002.
Afghanistan with its more than 3 trillion national resources, is intending to attract Swiss and Afghan Swiss investors in the area of Gemstones, Agriculture, Health, and Construction. In addition to that, Afghanistan can follow Switzerland as a similar and best example in the area of transit and construction of roads, tunnels and railroads.
Today fortunately better than before, the relations continue to be more stable and mutually accepted. Switzerland officially returned Afghanistan’s great historical treasures, among them is a foundation stone laid by Alexander the Great back to Afghanistan in 2007.
Ski development is another factor of bringing both Afghan and Swiss athletes together. In 2015, for the first time ski competitions were organised in the Bamyan Province of Afghanistan and Stain Marian in Switzerland. The event led to attracting a good number of youth with the passion of skiing in the Nowshak Mountain(7,492 meter high and the second highest independent peak o the Hindu Kush) of the Badakhshan province. Recently in the months of June and July 2015 a group of 7 skiers travel to Afghanistan and enjoyed ski from a 5000 meter high in the beautiful panorama of Afghanistan.
Our policy in General is to link the heart of Asia with the heart of Europe
The Permanent Mission in Geneva, which is home to the United Nations, numerous intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), 250 non-governmental organization (NGOs) and around 240 permanent diplomatic missions is working in the following sectors:
• Environment and Sustainable Development
• Humanitarian actions, human rights and Migration
• Peace, Security and disarmament
• Labour, economic affairs, trade, sciences and telecommunication
As the charge d’affairs of Afghanistan to Switzerland and UNOG, I will be working diligently in order to substantiate and further uplift the already existing good relations between Afghanistan and Switzerland as well as protecting rights and interests of the Afghan Community here. The door of the Embassy and Permanent Mission is open to every member of the Afghan Community and everyone else who is interested in Afghanistan.
On behalf of my colleagues at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan and myself, I extend our best wishes to the visitors of our website.