Ottawa- September 11, 2021

Today, the world marks the twentieth anniversary of the terror attacks on the United States of America, in which thousands of innocent men, women and children lost their lives. This event followed a worldwide condemnation of al-Qaeda and those that harbour terrorists. In October 2001, the international community partnered with the people of Afghanistan to liberate the country from international terrorism and champion democracy, pluralism, human rights and fundamental freedoms and the right to self-determination.
In the past twenty-years, working together with many friends and partners in the international community, Afghanistan underwent a tremendous transformation, amidst the challenge of being the front-line state in the global fight against international terrorism.
We pay tribute to the memory of all – including the members of our heroic security forces and the military and civilian personnel of our international friends and partners - who made the ultimate sacrifice for the cause of peace, democracy, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan. To the families of all who lost their precious lives in Afghanistan: sacrifice of your sons, daughters and loved ones will be remembered.
This occasion is also a moment to recognize and honor the courage and resilience of the heroic people of Afghanistan, from all walks of life – ordinary citizens, journalists, women and youth groups, civil society and others – who played an essential role in making possible the many foundational achievements of the past twenty years. They worked and sacrificed to develop a society based on democratic values and principles, and where the people would have the liberty and opportunity to set, pursue and achieve objectives for the benefit of a more peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
On this September 11th, as we remember and honor the memory of all who lost their precious lives in the global fight against terrorism, let us also reaffirm a shared commitment to remain united against those who seek to undermine our way of life and all that the civilized world stands for.
Recent developments in Afghanistan require serious international attention to save and preserve what the thousands of international civilian and military personnel sacrificed for alongside their Afghan friends and comrades: a democratic and pluralistic Afghanistan in which the rights and freedoms of all citizens, especially women, are upheld and respected and which does not allow any safe haven for terrorism to threaten any other nation from its territories.
The recent illegal capture of power and territories in Afghanistan by the Taliban, the formation of their so-called caretaker government, the brutal suppression of political opposition and action against basic liberties of our people including freedom of speech and peaceful demonstration do not inspire confidence that Taliban will deliver on the basic expectations of the Afghan people and the international community. Upholding human rights, especially the rights of women, children and minorities, political inclusivity and counter-terrorism are the key national and international expectations on which the Taliban should be held accountable both nationally and internationally. Taliban’s failure to meet these foundational principles will undoubtedly risk prolongation of the conflict and pose serious threats to regional and international security and stability.
We call on the international community to not forget Afghanistan and help ensure that the will of the nation is upheld. At this most difficult juncture, a comprehensive political settlement, leading to the formation of a broad-based and fully inclusive government that protects and advances the rights of all Afghans and which will uphold the will of the nation, including the right to self-determination, is the only viable pathway forward.
Once again, we convey our deepest gratitude to all of our international friends and partners who have served and sacrificed for the cause of peace, democracy and pluralism in Afghanistan. Together, we can still save and preserve these noble values for which thousands of precious lives were sacrificed.

Ottawa- September 8, 2021

Announcement

 

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa will be closed on Thursday, September 9, 2021 on the occasion of the anniversary of Martyrdom of National Hero of Afghanistan.

به اطلاع مراجعین محترم رسانیده می شود که سفارت جمهوري اسلامي افغانستان در اوتاوا به روز پنجشنبه مورخ ۹ سپتمبر ۲۰۲۱ مطابق با ۱۸ سنبله ۱۴۰۰، به مناسبت سالروز شهادت قهرمان ملی افغانستان تعطیل می باشد.

ټولو محترمو مراجعینو ته خبر ورکول کیږي چې، په اوتاوا کې د ا.ا.ج سفارت به د پنجشنبې په ورځ چې د ۲۰۲۱ کال د سپتمبر میاشتې له ۹ او د ۱۴۰۰ کال د وږي مياشتي له ۱۸ نېټې سره سمون لري، دافغانستان د ملي اتل د شهادت د کلیزې له امله رخصت وي. 

 

Public Notice

 
Ottawa- September 03, 2021
 
The Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa will be closed on Monday, September 6, 2021 on the occasion of Labour Day.
 
به اطلاع مراجعین محترم رسانیده می شود که سفارت ج.ا.ا در اوتاوا به روز دوشنبه مورخ ۶ سپتامبر ۲۰۲۱ مطابق با ۱۵ سنبله ۱۴۰۰، با در نظر داشت رخصتی عمومی در کانادا تعطیل می باشد.

ټولو محترمو مراجعینو ته خبر ورکول کیږي چې، په اوتاوا کې د ا.ا.ج سفارت به د دوشنبې په ورځ چې د ۲۰۲۱ کال د سپتمبر میاشتې له ۶ او د ۱۴۰۰ کال د وږي له ۱۵ نېټې سره سمون لري، په کانادا کې د عمومي رخصتۍ له امله رخصت وي. 

 

Ottawa- September 2, 2021

Throughout the past two weeks, the Afghan diaspora in Canada have held rallies across various major Canadian cities to protest the current situation in Afghanistan. They have expressed concern about the threat to the progress achieved in Afghanistan as well as the challenges that Afghans, especially women and girls, now face.
They also called upon the international community to stand in solidarity to ensure the Afghan people avoid a humanitarian disaster while supporting their efforts for an inclusive and prosperous future for Afghanistan.

Ottawa- August 27, 2021

We express our deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the cowardly terrorist attacks that took place at Kabul Airport yesterday and wish those injured a speedy recovery. We have lowered our national flag to half-mast as a remembrance of the victims of these heinous attacks.

We thank our Canadian partners for their sympathy and support during this difficult time.
The Afghan people deserve a future that is free of violence and fear.
 
سفیر و همکاران سفارت افغانستان در کانادا مراتب تسلیت عمیق خود را به خانواده های قربانیان حملات وحشیانه و تروریستی روز گذشته در میدان هوایی کابل ابراز داشته و برای زخمیان این رویداد شفای عاجل آرزو دارند. به یاد و احترام قربانیان این حملات شنیع و بزدلانه، بیرق افغانستان بر فراز این سفارت به صورت نیمه افراشته در آمده است.
از همکاران و دوستان کانادایی به خاطر همدردی و حمایت شان در این وضعیت دشوار ابراز امتنان می نماییم.
مردم افغانستان سزاوار آینده ای فارغ از خشونت و ترس می باشند.
 
په کاناډا کې د افغانستان سفیر او د سفارت کارکونکي د کابل په هوايي ډګر کې د تېرې ورځې د وحشي او ترهګریزو بریدونو د شهیدانو کورنیو ته د تسلیت ژور مراتب وړاندې کوي او د دغه پیښې ټپیانو ته د بیړنۍ روغتیا هیله کوي. د دغه ډارنو او زړه بوږنونکو پېښو د قربانیانو په یاد به د افغانستان بیرغ د دغه سفارت له پاسه نیم ځوړند وي.
په دغه سخت وضعیت کې د کاناډايي همکارانو او دوستانو د خواخوږۍ او ملاتړ څخه مننه کوؤ.
د افغانستان خلک له ډار او تاوتریخوالي پرته راتلونکې مستحق دي.
Ottawa- July 31, 2021
 
Ambassador Hassan Soroosh participated and spoke at a virtual conference on Afghanistan and regional cooperation which was organized by the Schiller Institute.
 
Ambassador Soroosh spoke about the vision of Afghanistan for reviving Afghanistan’s centrality as a hub for regional and inter-regional connectivity facilitating the flow of energy, goods, services, data and knowledge at a wider continental level. Ambassador Soroosh outlined the ongoing efforts and key Afghanistan-centered regional projects under RECCA and HoA-IP and highlighted the important role of Afghanistan as a crucial partner for building a common economic future for the peoples across the wider Eurasian region.
 
Speaking about the current situation in Afghanistan and the many atrocities committed by the Taliban and foreign terrorist groups in the country, Ambassador Soroosh stated that “our collective efforts and achievements over the past two decades in deepening connectivity and regional cooperation are now being threatened by a narrative of violence and destruction that apparently rejects our common narrative of cooperation, friendship and partnership.”
 
Other speakers from the Schiller Institute and experts from the wider region spoke about various aspects of regional engagement and the importance of regional cooperation and connectivity for the future of Afghanistan and the entire region.

Ottawa- July 30, 2021 

 Ambassador Hassan Soroosh participated in a special virtual session with the Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (CAPFG) and provided updates on the current situation in Afghanistan.
 
The event was attended by members of Parliament including Hon. Senator Salma Ataullahjan, Co-chair of Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group; Hon. Francesco Sorbara, Co-chair of Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group; Hon. Senator Peter M. Boehm, Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Hon. Senator Marilou McPhedran; Hon. Senator Salma Zahid; Hon. Senator Victor Oh; Hon. Senator Mobina Jaffer; Hon. Senator Mohamed-Iqbal Ravalia; Hon. MP Yasmin Ratansi; Hon. MP Sameer Zuberi; Hon. MP Robert Kitchen; Mrs. Adeena Niazi and Mrs. Asma Faizi from the Afghan Women’s Organization in Toronto as well as representatives from various departments in Canada.
 
Ambassador Soroosh briefed the participants about the ongoing brutal campaign of violence waged by the Taliban and foreign terrorist groups against the people of Afghanistan; widespread violation of human rights; high number of casualties and IDPs among civilians including women and children; a deteriorating humanitarian situation and significant damages to public properties and infrastructure by the Taliban.
Ambassador Soroosh also spoke about the recent achievements of the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) in recapturing a considerable number of districts in various provinces and highlighted the commitment of the government to improve the security situation in the country in the weeks and months to come.
 
While highlighting the dedication and capabilities of ANDSF, Ambassador Soroosh stressed the importance of strengthening collective counter terrorism capabilities including through continued support to ANDSF. Ambassador Soroosh also spoke about the commitment of the people and government of Afghanistan to the peace efforts.
 
The participants expressed their concern over the unprecedented increase in violence against Afghan citizens and human rights violation and stressed the importance of continuation of cooperation and long-term partnership between Afghanistan and Canada in various areas including education, human rights and women’s empowerment.
 
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratefulness for Canada’s continued support to development and peace efforts in Afghanistan as well as for CAPFG’s sustained commitment and engagement in support of Afghanistan.
 
Counselor Azim Wardak and Ms. Shabana Kargar, Head of the Social Affairs Section from the Embassy also attended this virtual session.
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