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Afghanistan Reestablishes Diplomatic Relations with Argentina
Embassy of Afghanistan

01/19/2005

Washington, D.C. H.E. Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, met today with H.E. Daniel Scioli, Vice President of the Argentine Republic, at the Government House, to reestablish Afghanistan’s diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Jawad presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Argentina and conveyed message of goodwill from President Hamid Karzai and Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah to the President and Foreign Minister of Argentina. In addition, he placed a wreath at the monument of Libertador General San Martin in Buenos Aires on Wednesday morning.

Ambassador Jawad commented on his trip saying, Argentina is the second largest country with vast natural resources in South America. A major energy provider, Argentina is the fourth largest producer of crude oil and natural gas in the region. We look forward to investment by Argentine companies to develop Afghanistan’s energy sector. They have previously shown interest in building a trans-Afghan pipeline from Turkmenistan to the Indian subcontinent.Praising the support of Argentine government for emerging democracies and contributions to peacekeeping operations, Ambassador Jawad said, We will welcome Argentina’s participation in the International Security Assistance Force and appreciate their help with the process of training counter-narcotics police in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is emerging as a successful model of partnership with the international community. Pursuing a policy of engagement in international affairs, the Government of Afghanistan has rapidly restored its relations with the international community. Afghanistan presently maintains more than 70 diplomatic missions abroad. Ambassador Jawad has been accredited to Mexico and Brazil and is planning to visit Panama and Colombia.

Afghanistan’s first indirect diplomatic relations with Argentina began in June 1960. Afghan Ambassador to the US and former Prime Minister Hashim Maiwandwal became Afghanistan’s first non-resident diplomat serving as Counselor to Argentina. In June 1964, the relation was elevated to the ambassadorial level when Afghan Ambassador to the US and Former Finance Minister Abdul Majeed presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador to President of Argentina, while Argentina’s Ambassador to Iran Freera Svahi was accredited as non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan. In December 1983, a high ranking Afghan delegation attended the Argentina’s presidential inauguration ceremony when both countries intended to enhance bilateral relations. However, relations between the two countries stalled given increased political instability and subsequent breakdown of government institutions in Afghanistan in late 1980s and during 1990s. In July 2001, then Interim President Hamid Karzai and Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullah sent congratulatory letters to the President and Foreign Minister of Argentina on the country’s National Day.

Contact:
M. Ashraf Haidari
haidari@embassyofafghanistan.org
(202) 483-6410 EX-811

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