Commemoration Week of the Martyred
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September 17, 2016; the Embassy marked the Week of Shahid or the Week of the Martyred.The Embassy and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations based in Geneva held an event to commemorate the sacrifices that Afghanistan has seen in its recent decades and to honor the late Ahmad Shah Masood, former President Ustad Burhanuddin Rabbani, and the thousands of Afghans who sacrificed their lives for a just, humane, and better Afghanistan. The event was attended by many Afghans from various parts of Switzerland, and included a recitation of the Holy Quran and prayers. Ambassador Suraya Dalil reminded the attendants of the Afghan security forces who jeopardize their lives every day to safeguard the national territory, the flag, and the future of Afghanistan. Each individual who has sacrificed his or her life, whether military or civilian, remains part of the nation’s pride, history, and honor. The Embassy and the Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations based in Geneva extends its gratitude to all who attended the event
97th Anniversary of Afghanistan Independence Day
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Embassy and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UN and international organizations based in Geneva marked the 97th anniversary of Afghanistan’s Independence together with the host country, diplomatic community and the UN and international organizations in Geneva. In a reception held on September 5, 2016 at the Geneva Intercontinental Hotel; more than 130 guests including Ambassadors, Charge de Affairs, diplomats, delegates from the UN and international organizations including the European Union and Organization of Islamic Cooperation; and professional Afghans working in the UN and international organizations have attended. High Commissioner Filipo Grandi of UNHCR who had worked in Afghanistan in 2002 – 05 was the guest speaker. In addition, the event provided an opportunity to advocate for the upcoming Brussels Ministerial Conference on Afghanistan where the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will present its vision, agenda and progress on self-reliance and accountability and for the international community to renew its support to Afghanistan. The celebration included Afghan musical performance of Rubab by Professor Khalid Arman, whose music and teachings have been an important means of dialogue between cultures. The event also presented images and videos from the country’s latest achievements. The Embassy and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UN and international organizations based in Geneva remained thankful to all the guests who shared their moments with Afghanistan and joined the celebration.
The International Community in Geneva stands in sympathy with the victim’s family, people and Government of Afghanistan on the loss and causalities of the terrorist attack of July 23rd in Kabul
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On July 26, 2016; the Embassy and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN Office and other International Organizations in Geneva marked the national day of mourning for the loss and pain caused by the terrorist attack against civilian demonstrator, in Dehmazan Square, Kabul on 23rd July 2016. A book of condolence was opened in the Afghanistan Permanent Representative in Geneva alongside with the country's half raised-flag to respect the national mourning.
In that attack, at least 80 were killed and more than 290 injured and was one of the most bloody terrorist attacks in the recent years in Kabul. Daesh took the responsibility of that attack.
His Excellency President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani tasked a fact-finding commission to investigate the attack against the civilian demonstrators and instructed the government to ensure adequate medical care to those injured.
Ambassadors of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Fiji, Bhutan, Pakistan, Austria, Liechtenstein and Brazil; the Charge de Affairs of the Russian Federation, Belarus, Norway, Iran, Guatemala, Laos; as well as Diplomats from Bulgaria, Libya, Azerbaijan, Madagascar, Ethiopia, Czech, Iraq, Ghana, Lebanon; the World Trade Organization and few Afghans working in the UN and other International Organizations were among those to visit and share condolences with the government and people of Afghanistan. They reflected their commitment and firm support to the efforts taken by the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to contain acts of violence and terror, and that the Afghanistan government efforts will reflect positively on the region's stability and global security.