Public Announcement

Ottawa- July 30, 2021

The Embassy of Afghanistan in Ottawa will be closed on Monday, August 2, 2021 on the occasion of the Civic Holiday. 

به اطلاع مراجعین محترم رسانیده می شود که سفارت ج.ا.ا در اوتاوا به روز دوشنبه مورخ ۲ اگست ۲۰۲۱ مطابق با ۱۱ اسد ۱۴۰۰، با در نظر داشت رخصتی عمومی در اونتاریو 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 اگست میاشتې له ۲ او د ۱۴۰۰ کال د زمري له ۱۱ نېټې سره سمون لري، په اونټاریو کې د عمومي رخصتۍ له امله رخصت وي. 

 

Happy National Flag Day

روز ملی بیرق مبارک باد!
د بیرغ ملي ورځ مو مبارک شه!
Happy National Flag Day!

 
Ottawa-July 27, 2021
 
Ambassador Hassan Soroosh expressed “his deepest congratulations and best wishes to Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon on her historic installation as Canada's 30th Governor General.
He further highlighted that “Afghanistan and Canada have a decades-long partnership based on strong bonds of friendship and shared values which continue to drive our nations towards a brighter and connected future.”

Ottawa- July 17, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh had a virtual meeting with the Honorable Senator Salma Attaullahjan, Co-Chair of the Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (CAPFG). They discussed the recent developments in Afghanistan, the ongoing peace process and the COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan.
 
Ambassador Soroosh spoke about a massive brutal campaign of violence waged by the Taliban and foreign terrorist groups against Afghanistan resulting in a high number of casualties and displacements among civilians including women and children; violation of human rights, a dire humanitarian situation and huge damages to public properties and infrastructure by the Taliban.
 
Ambassador Soroosh stressed the importance of multifaceted support to the Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF) and continued collective efforts in the fight against terrorism as a regional and global threat. Ambassador Soroosh also provided an update on the Afghan peace process as well as the COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan.
 
The Honorable Senator Attaullahjan expressed concern over the escalation of violence, human rights violation including with respect women as well as destruction of properties and infrastructure by the Taliban.
She highlighted the commitment of the Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (CAPFG) to continued collaboration in support of Afghanistan.
 
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratefulness for Canada’s sustained support to peace and development in Afghanistan as well as for the continued commitment of CAPFG in support of Afghanistan and multifaceted partnership between Afghanistan and Canada.

KABUL, July 26, 2021– Ministry of Foreign Affairs Welcomes the recent Human Rights Watch and other verified independent sources’ report on documenting the Taliban’s violence and crimes, and strongly condemns these reprehensible crimes.

The reports by verified independent resources and media indicate that the Taliban forces perpetrate in areas under their control unpardonable and prosecutable crimes, including illegal arrests, arbitral killings, torturing civilians, forced marriages, and violation of basic human rights, particularly women’s rights.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls on the international community, human rights agencies, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to cooperate with the Afghan Government in preventing the Taliban’s organized atrocities and prosecution of the perpetrators to put an end to impunity in Afghanistan.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, while appreciating the independent verified international agencies’ efforts in confirming the Taliban’s non-compliance to their international commitments and the Doha Peace Agreement, stresses the need to convene an extraordinary meeting of the Human Rights Council and dispatching a fact-finding delegation to assess and follow up on the Taliban’s violations and crimes against humanity.

Ottawa- July 22, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh participated this afternoon as a keynote speaker in a virtual conversation which was hosted by the University Women Helping Afghan Women (UWHAW). The event was attended by members of the Canadian Federation of University Women, UWHAW, Canadian Woman for Afghan Women as well as scholars and human rights advocates from across 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 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 and plan 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 continued support to ANDSF to counter terrorism as a common threat to regional and international security and stability. Ambassador Soroosh also provided an update on the ongoing peace efforts as well as the COVID-19 situation in Afghanistan.
 
While expressing their concern over the unprecedented increase in violence, human rights violation and destruction of public facilities and infrastructure by the Taliban, the participants of today’s conversation highlighted the importance of continued collective advocacy efforts in support of peace and development in Afghanistan and in defence our shared values including human rights and women’s empowerment.
 
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratefulness for UWHAW’s sustained support to development efforts in Afghanistan including in the area of education for Afghan women and girls and stressed the importance of continued conversation and collaboration in light of the current situation and future partnership between Afghanistan and Canada.
 
Mr. Nabi Habibi, Head of the Consular and Diaspora Affairs Section and Ms. Shabana Kargar, Head of the Social Affairs Section of the Embassy also attended the event.

Ottawa- July 15, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh met virtually this afternoon with Mr. Paul Thoppil, Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia-Pacific and Mr. David Hartman, Director General of South Asia Bureau, Global Affairs Canada. They discussed the current situation in Afghanistan and various aspects of bilateral cooperation.
 
Ambassador Soroosh spoke about a massive and brutal campaign of violence waged by the Taliban with support from foreign terrorist groups against the government and people of Afghanistan; high number of civilian casualties including among women and children; violation of human rights; a dire humanitarian situation and significant damages to the properties and infrastructure caused by the Taliban. Ambassador Soroosh further spoke about the commitment and capabilities of Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), the need for a regional and international consensus on the threat of terrorism and the importance of continued support to ANDSF in this context. Ambassador Soroosh also spoke about the recent developments in the context of the peace process as well as the COVID-19 situation and the relevant priorities and challenges in Afghanistan.
 
Expressing concern over the recent escalation of violence in Afghanistan, Assistant Deputy Minister Thoppil spoke about Canada's continued robust support to peace and development in Afghanistan. He also highlighted Canada’s support to COVID-19 response efforts at an international level including in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratitude for Canada’s continued commitment and support to development and peace efforts in Afghanistan.
Mr. Azim Wardak, Counselor of the Embassy and Ms. Kelly Whitty, Deputy Director – Political/Trade, Afghanistan Program, Global Affairs Canada also attended this virtual meeting.

Ottawa- July 16, 2021

Ambassador Hassan Soroosh and the Honorable Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament and Co-Chair of the Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group held a virtual meeting this morning and discussed the current situation in Afghanistan as well as bilateral cooperation and parliamentary linkages.
 
Ambassador Soroosh spoke about the ongoing brutal campaign of violence waged by the Taliban and foreign terrorist groups against Afghanistan which has resulted in a high number of casualties and displacements among civilians including women and children; violation of human rights, a deteriorating humanitarian situation and significant damages to public properties and infrastructure by the Taliban.
 
While highlighting the commitment and capabilities of Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF), Ambassador Soroosh stressed the importance of continued support to ANDSF to counter terrorism as a common threat to regional and international security and stability. Ambassador Soroosh also provided an update on the ongoing peace efforts as well as the COVID-19 situation and the relevant priorities and challenges in Afghanistan.
 
The Honorable MP Sorbara expressed concern over the unprecedented increase in violence, human rights violation and destruction of public facilities and infrastructure by the Taliban.
 
He further highlighted Canada’s continued commitment to peace and development in Afghanistan and stressed the importance of continued conversation and collaboration including under the Canada-Afghanistan Parliamentary Friendship Group (CAPFG).
 
Ambassador Soroosh expressed his gratefulness for Canada’s sustained support to development and peace efforts in Afghanistan as well as for the continued commitment of CAPFG to deepening bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

Ottawa- July 12, 2021

On July 08, 2021, the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) of Afghanistan announced 21 large-scale mining projects for investment. The projects’ commodities include gold, copper, gemstone, cement, marble, granite, and travertine. We highly encourage the potential investors/companies to visit the MoMP webpage and review the brief pitchbooks on every project. We will be happy to connect the investors with the relevant department at MoMP and facilitate their visit to Afghanistan for the next steps in this regard.

The details of these large-scale mining projects are available on the MoMP webpage via this link: https://mompjobs.gov.af/lsmu/public/GetProject/ProjectList

Ottawa- July 09, 2021

As part of a new series of conversations, Ambassador Hassan Soroosh recently met with friends of Afghanistan and prominent Canadian scholars - whom included: Dr. Stephen Saideman – Paterson Chair in International Affairs, Dr. Roland Paris – Professor of International Studies and Director of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa, Dr Sean M. Maloney – Professor of History at Royal Military College, Dr Kim Richard Nossal – Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and Dr. Nipa Banerjee – Senior Fellow in the International Development and Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa - in separate virtual meetings to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan, the peace process, multifaceted bilateral cooperation between Canada and Afghanistan, the prospects for a new chapter in the partnership between Afghanistan and international partners as well as potential opportunities in the future to coordinate joint events on Afghanistan and bilateral cooperation.
 
The participants in this series have previously served under different capacities in both government and academia and have written extensively, including books and papers, on Afghanistan.
 
The embassy looks forward to continuing our discussion with friends of Afghanistan and Canadian scholars to foster greater linkages between Afghanistan and Canada.
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