Monday, September 22, 2014

Sixty-eighth General Assembly Plenary

World leaders gathered in New York for the General Assembly’s annual top-level debate, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged bold action on issues ranging from crafting a post-2015 sustainability agenda to bringing parties in Syria to the negotiating table.

World leaders gathered in New York for the General Assembly’s annual top-level debate, UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged bold action on issues ranging from crafting a post-2015 sustainability agenda to bringing parties in Syria to the negotiating table.

Afghanistan and the UAE sign air services agreement

September 24, 2013
KABUL – Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul signed an agreement on air services with his UAE counterpart His Highness Sheikh Abdullah on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly in New York this afternoon.
The two foreign ministers signed the agreement “acknowledging the importance of air transportation as a means of creating and fostering friendship, understanding and cooperation between the people of the two countries” and with a desire to expand international air transport opportunities.
Among other things, the agreement provides for airlines in both countries to fly their planes across each other’s territory without landing, to make stops in each other’s territory for non-traffic purposes and to carry passengers, cargo and baggage to each other’s territory.
Under this agreement, both countries would also have the right to use each other’s airways, airports and other facilities on a non-discriminatory basis.
Afghan and Emirati airlines already fly regular, daily flights between Afghanistan and the UAE. Recently, Emirates Airlines announced that it would start its international flights to Kabul International Airport in December

Dr. Zalmai Rassoul meets with Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan

September 24, 2013
KABUL – Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met with Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov on the sidelines of the 68th United Nations General Assembly this afternoon.
The two foreign ministers expressed satisfaction about the rapid and comprehensive development and deepening the bilateral relationship and cooperation between Afghanistan and Azerbaijan in a relatively short period of time.
Dr. Rassoul expressed the keen interest of the Afghan government to further deepen ties of friendship and cooperation in the natural resources, telecommunications, education and other fields.
Mr. Mammadyarov reiterated that Azeri companies are keen to invest in various fields in Afghanistan, including in Afghan oil and gas in the north of Afghanistan.