The Embassy celebrates the 96th Anniversary of the Independence Day and 75th Anniversary of the Afghanistan-Sweden Diplomatic Relations
On August 19, Ambassador Hameed Haami joined by Embassy staff hosted a reception marking Afghanistan’s 96th Independence Day and 75th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Sweden. Among the distinguished guests were Mr. Peter Hultqvist, Defence Minister of Sweden, Ms Helena Sångeland, Director General Asia-Pacific of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Directors of SIDA, foreign ambassadors and diplomats, and members of the civil society organizations.
Ambassador Haami welcomed the guests and said “when we talk about independence, we appreciate the dedication of those brilliant heroes who have devoted their lives in gaining freedom for their fellow citizens. The main goal of every freedom fighter is to defend national sovereignty, contribute in development and restore prosperity to the people.”
The Ambassador stressed that after decades of unrests, today Afghanistan is in a better development pace. “On most social indicators of development, be it life expectancy, literacy, reduction in maternal and infant mortality, gender equality or poverty reduction, we have performed very well.” said the Ambassador.
Pointing out the deep historical relations between Afghanistan and Sweden, the Ambassador said “The relations between our two countries have been sincere and deep. Both sides are working to further strengthen and deepen the ties. Our two governments will soon sign a bilateral long-term cooperation agreement which will open a new chapter in our relations and enhance the collaboration between the two nations.”
Swedish Defence Minister also spoke at the event, which he said was an opportunity to reflect on the Swedish-Afghan strategic partnership. He reaffirmed Sweden’s continued commitment for a stronger and prosperous Afghanistan.
Another highlight of the program was a cultural segment featuring Sufi Ghazals and classical music concert by Ustad Sharif Ghazal, legendary classical and ghazal singer of Afghanistan.
The Embassy thanks all its partners for their participation and support which was essential to the success of the event.