Afghanistan’s Minister of Defence, HE General Tariq Shah Bahramee, visited London for the first time since his appointment in November 2017. During his visit, he held a series of positive discussions with MoD officials at Whitehall. He also met Afghan officer cadets training at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
As a part of his three-day visit, Minister of Defence HE General Tariq Shah Bahramee, HE Ambassador Said Jawad, Defence Attaché Colonel Haroon Naderi and Political Counsellor Hanif Ahmadzai met Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Defence Stephen Lovegrove, Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach as well as a number of high ranking officers. This created an excellent opportunity for the officials to discuss continued UK support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Moreover, a substantial part of the trip was dedicated to visiting the world class training and defence facilities available in the United Kingdom, whereby HE Minister of Defence met Commandant Royal College of Defence Studies Sir Tom Phillips and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst Major General Paul Nanson.
The visit was an important opportunity for the Afghan Ministry of Defence and the Embassy to build on the outstanding defence co-operation between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom, as part of the close cordial bilateral relations which already exist between our two countries. Indeed, Afghanistan welcomes the key role that the United Kingdom plays in the region, particularly as a key partner in the Counter-Taliban and Counter-Daesh Coalition, as a major humanitarian donor, and as a vital mediator in regional disputes. The series of meetings arranged thus emphasised the strength and depth of Afghanistan’s defence relationship with the United Kingdom and identified new areas for potential cooperation.