It is a distinct honour to represent Afghanistan in the United Kingdom. The deep-rooted bond of friendship and decades-long partnership between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland draw its strength from our joint fight against terrorism and shared values of pluralism, freedom and peace. I am honoured to contribute and build further upon this solid foundation.Historically, Afghanistan has stood Centre- stage during major regional and global events. From the conquests of Alexander the great to the emergence of Afghan empires and from the Cold War to the joint fight for regional and global security. Afghanistan’s destiny has been linked with the political evolution in the region and the world. The United Kingdom have been an important partner in the past decade and a half, and we are grateful for her contribution and value the sacrifices made by the British soldiers in Afghanistan.