The Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr. Zarar Ahmad Osmani, visited New York this past week to head Afghanistan’s delegation to the General Debate of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The Foreign Minister addressed the General Assembly on 27 September 2014 on behalf of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He expressed delight that the country has achieved a significant milestone with the successful conclusion of the presidential election and the upcoming transition of power from one elected administration to the next. “While Afghanistan faces marked challenges,” he said, “we are confident that the new government, which enjoys the full backing of a vast majority of Afghans, will strive to bring about political, security and socioeconomic prosperity to Afghanistan and by extension to the region and beyond.” Mr. Omani also reminded the international community of the ongoing struggle for peace and stability in the face of continuing terrorism and violence in Afghanistan.
In his statement, Mr. Osmani announced Afghanistan’s “Transformation Decade 2015-2025,” outlining the country’s sustainable economic development plans. He also underscored Afghanistan’s commitment to strengthening its evolving democracy and called for regional and international cooperation in overcoming the threat of ISIS and supporting a peaceful political solution in Syria.
The Foreign Minister and other members of Afghanistan’s delegation to the 69th General Assembly represented the country in a number of important High Level Ministerial meetings of key groups in which Afghanistan is involved, including the Group of 77 (G77), the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), the Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs), and the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
While in New York, Mr. Osmani met with His Excellency Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and held bilateral meetings with a number of Foreign Minsters on key issues. He also participated in multiple events and meetings, representing the government of Afghanistan.
During the closing days of the UNGA, Afghanistan’s delegation will participate in meetings and events in a continued effort to express its commitment to the goals of international peace, stability, partnership and security that define the momentum and purpose of the UNGA.