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The Minister of Defence Visits London

Thank you for hosting our new Defence Minister, HE Gen Tariq Shah Bahramee, on his first official visit to the UK. We look forward to continuing our bilateral military cooperation.

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.

Minister of Defence Gen. Tariq Bahramee Sir Tom Phillips, emphasising the importance of overseas strategic education to promote greater understanding between our senior military officers.

Brigadier Bill Wright OBE Deputy Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst briefed HE Minister of Defence Gen Tariq Shah Bahrameeon the different types and levels of training offered at RMASandhurst.

HE Minister of Defence Gen. Tariq Shah Bahramee met female cadet Somaiya Haidari emphasising that gender diversity strengthens the Afghan Armed Forces. As a UN Member State, we are committed to UNSCR1325.

Meeting Afghan service and military students, HE Mininster of Defence Gen. Tariq Shah Bahramee thanked the academy for providing the cadets with the unique opportunity of studying alongside UK military professionals.

On his first official visit to the UK as the new Minister of Defence, HE GEN Tariq Shah Bahrami met with Air Chief Marshall Sir Stuart Peach. The officials had a productive exchange on our bilateral military cooperation.

Visiting the Defence Academy of the UK, HE Minister of Defence Gen Tariq Shah Bahrami was greeted by academy director Cmdre Jeremy Blunden who briefed the minister on their mission to deliver first class education to UK and UK allies’ defence forces.

We are extremely proud of our hard-working cadets at RMASandhurst, living proudly by the academy’s famous motto “Serve to Lead”.