Thursday, October 2, 2014

Foreign Minister Rassoul Meets with Montenegrin Counterpart to Establish Afghanistan-Montenegro Diplomatic Relations

On the second day of his official visit in New York for the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Foreign Minister Rassoul today meet with his Montenegrin counterpart, Milan Rocen, to sign a Protocol on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Montenegro.

At the signing ceremony, which was held at the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations, the two sides welcomed the establishment of diplomatic relations as an important step in strengthening of ties between the peoples and governments of Afghanistan and Montenegro. Both sides also expressed their commitment to expand cooperation in a number of areas.

The Montenegrin Foreign Minister noted that, despite challenges, Afghanistan had come a long way towards becoming a peaceful and prosperous country. He also reaffirmed the continued commitment of his government to Afghanistan in the years ahead, and highlighted in that regard, the start of the second term of duty of Montenegrin forces serving as part of ISAF.

Foreign Minister Rassoul also expressed Afghanistan’s appreciation for Montenegro’s support for security and development in Afghanistan.  In that regard, he highlighted the important role being rendered by the contingent of Montenegrin forces serving in the country. Moreover, he expressed hope for Montenegro’s increased assistance for Afghanistan’s development.

The Montenegrin Foreign Minister invited Foreign Minister Rassoul to pay an official visit to Montenegro in the near future.  Foreign Minister Rassoul thanked his Montenegrin counterpart for the invitation, and expressed his approval to visit Podgorica in the months ahead.

Following the signing ceremony Foreign Minister Rassoul held a meeting with Turkmenistan’s Foreign Minister, during which the two sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan, regional cooperation and strengthening of bilateral relations in a number of areas.

Later in the day Foreign Minister Rassoul will also meet with the Foreign Minister of Japan, the newly appointed Executive Director of UNODC, and the Assistant US Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Affairs.

Foreign Minister Rassoul Meets Japanese Counterpart

Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehera.

During their meeting, which took place along the sidelines of the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, the two sides discussed the situation in Afghanistan, and bilateral and regional cooperation.

At the outset, Foreign Minister Rassoul congratulated Foreign Minister Maehaera on his recent appointment as Japan’s Foreign Minister, and expressed Afghanistan’s gratitude for Japan’s contribution to peace, security and development in the country.

Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul met with his Japanese counterpart, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehera.

Praising Japan’s role in Afghanistan, he noted that was among the countries with the countries with the largest contribution to Afghanistan. He also thanked his counterpart on Japan’s recent additional pledge in the amount of 5 million dollars for Afghanistan’s stabilization. Foreign Minister Rassoul also underscored Afghanistan’s increased capacity for absorption of international assistance.  He said Afghanistan was fully committed to ensuring transparent and effective utilization of international assistance.

The Japanese Foreign Minister reaffirmed his continued commitment for peace and security in Afghanistan.  In that regard, he highlighted Japan’s commitment to the training and salaries of Afghan security forces.  Among other areas of assistance, Japan’s Foreign Minister noted his government’s readiness to helping build Afghanistan’s agricultural sector, pending an improved security environment.

The two sides also discussed the transition to increased Afghanistan responsibility in the areas of security, development and governance.

Foreign Minister Rassoul Arrives in NY for 65th Session of the UNGA


Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul today arrived in New York for a nine-day official visit to participate in the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

During the visit Foreign Minister Rassoul will address the general-debate of the annual UNGA session, which will hear statements from member-states on a number of pressing international and national issues. He will also attend the UN Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s), convened to review progress towards meeting the MDG’s, which include reduction of poverty, combating diseases and promoting health and education.

Foreign Minister Rassoul is also scheduled to meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as numerous Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Foreign Minister Rassoul will also take part in a number of foreign ministerial meetings, including the annual gatherings of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), South-Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), and the Afghanistan-Pakistan-Tajikistan-Russia Quadrilateral for enhance regional cooperation.