H.E. Dr. Shaida Mohammad Abdali paid a two-day visit to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states from 12 to 14 October, 2016.
On the first day of his visit Ambassador Abdali visited the College of Defence Management in Hyderabad where he met with Commandant Rear Admiral Dushyant Singh Chouhan, NM and spoke in a panel discussion on ‘ Soft Power an Essential Domain of National Power’. Later in the day he attended a meeting with Afghan students during which the students brought their concerned issues to the notice of the Ambassador. To recognize the hardworking of distinguished students who demonstrated outstanding academic performance during their studies, Ambassador Abdali awarded them with appreciation letters.
On the second day of his trip, Ambassador Abdali participated at an interactive business meeting with businessmen and traders at The Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTAPCCI) where he highlighted the business and investment opportunities. He encouraged investors to seize the business opportunities Afghanistan offers. In his remarks he also underscored the investment opportunities in Chabahar Port and informed that a conference will be convened in near future in New Delhi to further dwell on the details of opportunities that Chabahar Agreement will open up for investment. On the same day the Afghan envoy met with honorable E.S.L. Narasimhan, governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. During the meeting, both sides discussed issues pertaining to opening of Afghan Consulate in Hyderabad and exchanged views on expanding business and people to people ties. Pending issues regarding sister city relationship between Jalalabad and Hyderabad was also talked about during the meeting.
On the next leg of his trip, Ambassador Abdali paid a visit to Vijaywada City and at the invitation of Vignan University he attended the 4th annual convocation of the said university where he was received with exquisite warmth. Ambassador Abdali also met with Afghan students at this university.
Subsequently, Ambassador Abdali met with Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh and discussed forging collaboration in various areas including IT between Afghanistan and the state of Andhra Pradesh as well as enhancing all-round ties between South Indian states and Afghanistan. Considering shared agricultural characteristics of Andhra Pradesh and Afghanistan both sides also discussed establishing collaboration in this area.
Sediqullah Sahahr, the education attaché of the embassy was accompanying Ambassador Abdali during his trip to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana state.