The 97th anniversary of the restoration of Independence Day was celebrated at the Embassy of Afghanistan in London on Wednesday 16 November 2016.
Representatives from Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) some London based Ambassadors, High commissioners, diplomats and other officials from British government and embassies, representatives from News Channels and large numbers of Afghan Diaspora in UK, had attended at this ceremony.
The ceremony opened by recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by Haji Salehi, followed by Afghan and British National Anthems. Mr. Liaquet Ali Ameri, Charge’d’ Affairs of the Embassy of Afghanistan in London, HE Hamid Karzai former Afghan President, Mr. Owen Jenkins, Prime Minister Theresa May’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan and Mr. Khalid Aldawisan Ambassador of Kuwait and Dean of Diplomatic Corps were the main speakers at the ceremony.
Charge’d’ Affairs Ameri welcomed excellency Ambassadors, Diplomates and honourable guests and offered his special thanks to HE President Karzai and Mr. Owen Jenkins for accepting his invitation to attend Afghanistan’s 97th Independence Day ceremony.
In his speech Charge’ d’ Affaires Ameri counted some major achievements made in the last sixteen years joint efforts by Afghanistan and its international partners such as UK. He added that “Afghanistan has shown a very dynamic development. Now, this country is more resilient at home and far more engaged and decisive abroad”.
Charge’ d’ Affaires Ameri further added: “While we are here to celebrate our national day, we owe our gratitude to King Amanullah, truly, a leader of strategic vison… who, laid the foundation of modern Afghanistan. King Amanullah inspired a vison of one nation, modern state, education, women’s rights, and freedom of expressions.
And it was in that spirit that the Afghan government, under his Excellency president KARZAI, and now under the leadership of H.E President Ghani and CEO Dr Abdullah is dedicated to build on”.
Charge’ d’ Affaires Ameri’s Speech:
Your Excellency, President Karzai,
Your Excellency, Mr Owen Jenkins
Your excellency Ambassador Khalid….the dean of diplomatic corps
Your excellency Ambassadors
Dean of City University, Professor Theo Farrell
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Thank you very much indeed for joining us this evening. It is an enormous pleasure to welcome you all to the 97th anniversary of the restitution of the independence of Afghanistan.
And I am, in particular, very pleased to have this opportunity to welcome His Excellency President Karzai, the former president of Afghanistan.
Quiet often, time and good luck, meet at a single moment in a single place. This evening is a good example of that, we have President Karzai with us here.
Although He just arrived yesterday and when I spoke to him about today’s reception along the way from Heathrow, he, as always has been kind enough to accept. He is a man of sincerity, humility and truthfulness. But, I would say, his true legacy was about political transition.
Mr President thank you very much for joining us this evening.
And may I, right at the beginning, united with the people across the UK share my tribute on Remembrance Sunday; pay my tribute to the heroes, men and women of your and my country who lost their lives to keep us safe and secure.
I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the people of Britain, the British government and all nations and governments for their extraordinary commitments in assisting Afghanistan.
And As H. E president Ghani said in the Brussels conference, “your commitment, however, has been much more momentous than spending of treasures”. This has been best exemplified during the last decade, and in particular, in Warsaw and Brussels conference.
You have extended hands. The Afghan nation is touched, and has grasped that hand of friendship. A friendship that is underpinned by mutual respect and today we acknowledge the gratitude of our nation.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
While we are here to celebrate our national day, we owe our gratitude to King Amanullah, truly, a leader of strategic vison… who, laid the foundation of modern Afghanistan. King Amanullah inspired a vison of one nation, modern state, education, women’s rights, and freedom of expressions.
And it was in that spirit that the Afghan government, under his Excellency president KARZAI, and now under the leadership of H.E President Ghani and CEO Dr Abdullah is dedicated to build on.
However, the vision and mandate to make Afghanistan a more secure, stable and prosperous, is an open ended mission. It means more than investing in continuity. We also need to transform, make reforms embedded in national solidarity. And this is what the government of national unity is dedicated to Persue.
And I would simply submit for your attention that compared to a decade ago, Afghanistan has shown a very dynamic development. Now, this country is more resilient at home and far more engaged and decisive abroad.
And that is certainly something we can justifiably be said to have the rights to be optimist about the future.