Ottawa- May 05, 2021

The First Inter-Parliamentary Meeting between Afghanistan and Canada was held virtually this afternoon with the participation of chairs and members of the parliamentary friendship groups in Kabul and Ottawa and with a focus on the Afghan peace process, women’s empowerment, bilateral cooperation and parliamentary linkages between the two countries.
 
Ambassador Hassan Soroosh; the Honorable Mr. Gul Ahmad Kamin, Chair of Afghanistan-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Committee in Wolesi Jirga (Lower House); the Honorable Mr. Kalemzai, Chair of the International Affairs Committee in Meshrano Jirga (Upper House) of Afghanistan; the Honorable Senator Salma Attaullahjan (Senate of Canada) and the Honorable MP Francesco Sorbara, Co-Chairs of the Canada-Afghanistan Friendship Group; the Honorable Rob Oliphant, MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada; the Honorable MP Yasmin Ratansi; the Honorable Senator Fawzia Sadat Samkani from Meshrano Jirga and the Honorable Ms. Zahra Nowruzi, Member of Wolesi Jirga spoke in this virtual meeting.
 
While sharing their concern over the recent spike in the level of violence and condemning the recent brutal attacks in Logar and other parts of Afghanistan by the Taliban, the speakers highlighted the importance of a ceasefire; the preservation of the gains of the past two decades in Afghanistan; meaningful participation of women in the peace process and continuation of cooperation and partnership between Afghanistan and Canada in important and promising areas such as education, health, human rights, women’s empowerment and security sector based on shared objectives and values.
 
The meeting was moderated by Mr. Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi, Deputy Chief of Mission from the Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa.
 
اولین نشست مجازی بین پارلمانی بین افغانستان و کانادا با اشتراک رؤسا و اعضای گروه های دوستی پارلمانی دو کشور باتمرکز روی پروسه صلح افغانستان، توانمندسازی زنان، همکاری های دوجانبه و پیوندهای پارلمانی بین دو کشور امروز به میزبانی سفارت افغانستان در اوتاوا برگزار شد.
آقای حسن سروش، سفیر افغانستان در اوتاوا؛ محترم گل احمد کمین، رئیس کمیته دوستی پارلمانی افغانستان-کانادا در ولسی جرگه؛ محترم سناتور کلیم زی، رئیس کمیته امور بین المللی در مشرانو جرگه؛ خانم سلما عطاالله جان، عضو سنای کانادا و رئیس مشترک گروه دوستی پارلمانی کانادا-افغانستان؛ آقای فرانسیسکو سوربارا، عضو مجلس عوام کانادا و رئیس مشترک گروه دوستی پارلمانی کانادا-افغانستان، آقای راب الفنت، عضو پارلمان و معین ارشد وزارت امورخارجه کانادا؛ خانم یاسمین راتانسی، عضو پارلمان کانادا؛ خانم فوزیه سادات سمکنی، عضو مشرانوجرگه و خانم زهرا نوروزی، عضو ولسی جرگه از سخنرانان این نشست مجازی بودند.
سخنرانان از هر دوجانب ضمن شریک ساختن نگرانی شان راجع به افزایش خشونت ها در افغانستان و محکوم کردن حملات وحشیانه اخیر طالبان در ولایت لوگر و سایر نقاط افغانستان، بر اهمیت آتش بس، حفظ دستاوردهای دو دهه گذشته در افغانستان، مشارکت معنادار زنان در پروسه صلح و تداوم مشارکت بین افغانستان و کانادا مبتنی بر اهداف و ارزشهای مشترک و با تمرکز روی عرصه های مهمی همچون معارف، صحت، حقوق بشر، توانمندسازی زنان و سکتور امنیتی تأکید نمودند.
گردانندگی این نشست مجازی توسط آقای سید مجتبی احمدی، معاون سفارت صورت گرفت.
 
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Ottawa- May 04, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh had a tele-meeting this afternoon with H.E. Ahmed Abu Zeid, Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Canada.
The two sides discussed the COVID-19 situation, bilateral cooperation, Afghan peace process and future collaboration between the two missions.
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his appreciation for Egypt’s sustained support to peace, stability, development and constitutional order in Afghanistan.

Ottawa- May 03, 2021

On World Press Freedom Day, the Embassy of Afghanistan in Canada is pleased to recognize the courageous journalists and media workers in Afghanistan, Canada and around the world whose efforts, despite the pandemic and other challenges, continue to keep us informed, on the major events happening all around the world. Your relentless pursuit of the truth is inspiring to all of us!

The government of Afghanistan remains committed to press and media freedom which is essential for making informed decisions enabling citizens to actively engage in the community around them.

Ottawa- March 7, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh spoke at a virtual program hosted by the Toronto-based Afghan Network for Social Services to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Other speakers included the Honorable MP Salma Zahid, the Honorable Commissioner Rahima Zarifi from the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan as well as a number of human rights activists and experts from Afghanistan, Canada and the United States.

Ambassador Soroosh spoke about the overall efforts and achievements in the areas of women’s empowerment and women’s rights in Afghanistan and conveyed the people and government of Afghanistan’s appreciation for Canada’s continued assistance to important and promising areas of women’s empowerment, health and education in Afghanistan. Ambassador Soroosh also thanked all the Canadian friends of Afghanistan within the parliament and civil society as well as the Afghan Canadian community for their continued commitment to advocating for women’s empowerment in Afghanistan.

Ottawa- April 30, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh met virtually with H.E. Dr. Melita Gabric, Ambassador of the European Union to Canada.

The two sides discussed COVID-19 situation; the ongoing peace process in Afghanistan, cooperation between Afghanistan and the European Union;  and future collaboration between the two missions. They stressed the importance of preserving the hard-won gains of the past two decades in Afghanistan including in the areas of human rights and women’s empowerment.

Ambassador Soroosh expressed the people and government of Afghanistan’s appreciation for EU’s continued commitment to peace and development efforts in Afghanistan. 

Public Notice

The Embassy of Afghanistan will be closed on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 on the occasion of the Victory Day in Afghanistan.

به اطلاع مراجعین گرامی رسانیده می شود که سفارت ج.ا. افغانستان در اوتاوا به روز چهار شنبه مورخ ۲۸ اپریل۲۰۲۱ به مناسبت۸ ثور، روز پیروزی جهاد مردم افغانستان، تعطیل می باشد.

په اوتاوا کې د ا.ا.ج سفارت درنو مراجعینو ته په درنښت خبر ورکول کیږي چې د چهارشنبې په ورځ (۲۸ اپریل۲۰۲۱) د غوایي په اتمه، د افغانستان د خلکو د مقدس جهاد د بریا ورځ په مناسبت، تړلي وي. 

Ottawa-  April 27, 2021

Congratulations to the Canadian Federation of University Women and partners for successfully concluding the "WALK TO KABUL" advocacy campaign. The participants made great efforts by walking, running, skiing, and cycling the total distance that it would take to get from Ottawa to Kabul in support of Afghan women's rights in the ongoing peace process. The Embassy thanks all the Canadian friends who joined the campaign in solidarity with Afghan women.

The campaign was an important initiative to encourage International and Canadian support for Afghan women at this critical moment. The Afghan government remains committed to protecting Afghan women's rights and the hard-won gains of the past two decades in the areas of women’s rights and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan.

Ottawa- April 26, 2021

Mr. Azim Wardak, Counselor, and Mr. Hakim Nasiry, Commercial Attaché, had a virtual meeting this afternoon with Mr. Trevor Kennedy, Director, Trade and International Policy – Business Council of Canada. They discussed bilateral trade as well as business and investment opportunities between Afghanistan and Canada. Mr. Kennedy explained about the areas of focus and major activities under the Business Council of Canada as the largest business association in Canada. Mr. Wardak spoke about the legal, policy and institutional frameworks for trade and investment as well as the newly established Federation of Chambers in Afghanistan and elaborated on major activities under the existing chambers in Afghanistan. Mr. Nasiry explained the status of bilateral trade between Afghanistan and Canada as well as some of the business and investment opportunities that exist in Afghanistan.
 
They further discussed post COVID-19 potential collaboration and joint activities.

Ottawa- April 23, 2021

 Ambassador Hassan Soroosh had a virtual meeting with Mr. David Hartman, Director General of the South Asia Bureau at the Global Affairs Canada.
 
The two sides discussed the recent developments with respect to the Afghan peace process; various aspects of bilateral cooperation as well as the ongoing efforts under the International Coordination and Response Group to support families of victims of Flight PS752.
 
Mr. Christopher Gibbins, Executive Director for Afghanistan at the Global Affairs Canada; Mr. Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi, Deputy Chief of Mission; and Mr. Azim Wardak, Counselor from the Embassy of Afghanistan also attended this virtual conversation.

Ottawa- April 23, 2021

Deputy Chief of Mission, Mr. Sayed Mujtaba Ahmadi met virtually this morning with Dr. Karen Schwartz, Associate Vice-President of the Carleton University and Mr. Carlos Vargas, International Outreach Manager of the University to discuss future academic collaborations between the Carleton University and Balkh University, Herat University as well as the Shaikh Zahid University in Afghanistan.
 
Dr. Schwartz spoke about the Carleton University including the twenty-seven Afghan students at Carleton University as well as the faculties within the University which have research programs on Afghanistan. She further spoke about the potential for faculty to faculty collaborations with the said universities in Afghanistan.
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