H.E. Ambassador Dr. Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, met with deans and professors of Law, Political Science, and Shari’a faculties of Afghan universities at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations.
The representatives and specialists from seven different Afghan universities were on a study tour through the University of Washington’s Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA). In addition to the meeting at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, the group’s itinerary included a trip to Washington DC, where they planned to meet Afghan and US government officials.
Jon Eddy, Professor of Law and Director of the Asian Law Center at the University of Washington School of Law and Alice Stokke, Assistant Director of the Asian Law Center, also attended the meeting.
During the group’s visit, Ambassador Tanin welcomed and briefed the faculty about the history, background, and membership of Afghanistan to the United Nations. He also highlighted recent discussion within the UN Security Council and General Assembly concerning the ongoing transition and the active role that Afghanistan plays at the United Nations on a wide range of issues.
Ambassador Tanin also detailed his roles and responsibilities as Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on Security Council Reform, Vice-Chair on the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and the Chair-Designate of the upcoming Fifth Biennial Meeting of States on Small Arms and Light Weapons (BMS5). He underlined that his leadership positions within these committees demonstrate Afghanistan’s expanding role on the world stage and as an active member of the international community.
The meeting closed with a question and answer session between the Ambassador and faculty members on a number of issues.