Conference of Afghans living in the Netherlands on the occasion of the appointment of Mohammad Asif Rahimi as Ambassador of Afghanistan to the Netherlands
On July 19, 2020, a ceremony was held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on the occasion of the appointment and welcome of Mr. Mohammad Asif Rahimi as Ambassador and Special Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. More than 100 Afghans living in the Netherlands attended the event. Among the political, social and cultural figures of Afghanistan, Vahid Hafizi, national businessman and host of the event, Habibullah Asghari, Advisor to the Director of Affairs, Mr. Vali Shahpour, President of the Afghan Union in the Netherlands, Veteran Speaker of Afghanistan Ms. Jamileh Zaman Anwari Saeedeh Toloo, Head of the Afghan Women’s Solidarity Association in the Netherlands, Ms. Nahid Olumi, Editor-in-Chief of Banoo Magazine, Colonel Nowruzi, Head of the Gharghasht Association, Ms. Soheila Zahmat from the National Council of Afghan Women in the Netherlands, Ms. Fauzia Mitra Dorn and dozens of other cultural figures were present.
The meeting, chaired by Mr. Nasir Safi, began with a few verses from their great Quran and then officially began with the release of the Afghan national anthem. At the beginning of the program, the biography of Mohammad Asif Rahimi was read by the announcer of the program, followed by congratulations to Mr. Habibullah Asghari, Advisor to the Office of the New Ambassador of Afghanistan in the Netherlands, regarding his achievements during his tenure as Deputy Minister of Rural Development, Minister of Agriculture and Governor of Herat spoke. He expressed confidence that with the knowledge they have of Mr. Rahimi’s tact and management, the relationship between Afghan citizens in the Netherlands and the Afghan embassy will be close. The Ambassador of Afghanistan to the Kingdom of the Netherlands also thanked his compatriots for their participation and spoke about the situation and developments in Afghanistan. He referred to the achievements of the last two decades in various fields of development, the creation of political and democratic structures, the drafting of a constitution, freedom of expression and the freedom of the visual and print media, which is unique even in the region. The Afghan ambassador also reminded of the peace process and stated that the people of Afghanistan are victims of war and terrorism and are sacrificing not only for their own security but also for the security and freedom of the countries of the world. He called for progress in the peace process while preserving Afghanistan’s important achievements, and stressed the importance and role of Afghanistan’s allies and partners in the peace process, and called on Afghans in the Netherlands to work with other Afghan refugees in Europe for lasting peace in the country. Be a partner of the Afghan government. In the continuation of the program, Ms. Fawzia Mitra with a poem describing the homeland and Ms. Aziza Enayat with a welcome poem gave a cultural smell to the ambassador of Afghanistan.
Mr. Vali Shahpour, President of the Afghan Union in the Netherlands, Ms. Nahid Olumi, Mr. General Bashramel and Mr. Colonel Nowruzi from the Gharghasht Association spoke to the Embassy about the situation of Afghan refugees, their expectations and suggestions.
The program ended with a prayer for national peace, the progress of the country and the well-being of the nation.