H.E. Mohammad Farhad Azimi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Republic of Kazakhstan attended the 30th anniversary on Soviet Union’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, which was held by the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan with cooperation of Qazaq-Afghan Association for Development and Partnership and Veterans of war Association of Kazakhstan.

In the anniversary first of all Mr. Omirtay M. Bitimov former Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Afghanistan and the Chairman of Qazaq-Afghan Association for Development and Partnership welcomed H.E. Mr. Mohammad Farhad Azimi and other veterans and distinguished guests.

Mr. Bitimov discussed the history of Soviet Union’s war in Afghanistan, its outcome and impacts on both sides, which ended up with non-reparable financial and humanitarian losses.

Afterwards H.E. Mr. Mohammad Farhad Azimi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan appreciated the hosts for holding such a great ceremony and thanked them for inviting him. In the same time, H.E. Mr. Azimi stated that the people of Afghanistan has not forgotten the harsh memories of that time yet.

H.E. Ambassador of Afghanistan called the invasion of Soviet Union a non-reparable and biggest political mistake of the former leaders of the Soviet Union. Additionally, he added up that due to the invasion, the war in Afghanistan ended up killing and injuring thousands of people both civilians and armed forces and destroying the infrastructures of the country.

H.E. Mr. Azimi pointing out the relations of Afghanistan after the invasion and withdrawal stated that the government of Afghanistan has never assumed countries under the occupation of Soviet Union accountable for the war and attack over Afghanistan. Taking that into account the government of Afghanistan maintained and re-stablished its diplomatic relations with those countries soon after they got their independence.

H.E. Mr. Azimi discussing the relations of Afghanistan and Kazakhstan stated that by this date we are celebrating the 27th anniversary of Afghan-Kazakh diplomatic Relations. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has acted as a close friend and a brother for Afghanistan as we deem it so. The country is a good political, Economic and Social ally for Afghan government. For that purpose, our government is seeking best possible ways for strengthening and maintaining these brotherly relations with the government of Kazakhstan. .

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasized on strengthening the relations of the two countries adding up that during his mission to Astana, he will use his best possible efforts for strengthening and maintaining these relations as close as possible. Additionally, Mr. Azimi calling on the Students in Army Academy of Kazakhstan expressed that the countries should use their military forces for protecting their independence, political integrity and borders not for attacking other territories and committing crimes against humanity. At the very last, H.E Mr. Azimi deeply thanked from the Ministry of Defense of Kazakhstan, AFGQAZ and Veterans of the war for holding the anniversary and emphasized on improving and strengthening the relations of both countries.

Afterwards, on behalf of Veterans few of the commanders and officers who fought during the Soviet Union in Afghanistan discussed their ideas about being and fighting in Afghanistan. Further, they called the era of invasion as unforgettable and harsh part of their lives. Afterwards, by accepting the issues discussed by H.E. Mr. Azimi, they stated that however Afghanistan has passed through difficult era but it is promising that the country has recovered from the war and stepping forward for the better future. Moreover, we are glad that both countries were able to put aside all the other issues and promised to work and live in a brotherly environment with each other. Meanwhile, talking of the both countries relations, they as well emphasized on strengthening the relations in a friendly and brotherly manner.

At the end, Mr. Kabuldinov Ziabek Ermohanovich, Director of Institute of History and Ethnology presented to H.E. Mr. Mohammad Farhad Azimi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Kazakhstan a book written on Astana city as a gift from the veterans association. He on behalf of all other veterans emphasized on strengthening the relations of both countries.  

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