Senior British officials, ambassadors and representatives of the diplomatic corps in London, representatives of civil society organizations, and well-known Afghan notables and intellectuals living in London, took part the event.
The ceremony began with a recitation of verses of the Holy Quran and a speech by Dr. Mohammad Daud Yaar, Afghanistan’s ambassador at the Court of Saint James.
Ambassador Yaar noted that the Afghan government and its people have achieved great successes during the last decade. He thanked the UK and the rest of the international community for their moral and material support extended to Afghanistan during these historic times
Mr. Patrick Moody, head of the Afghanistan-Pakistan Department at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office conveyed the good wishes of the UK government to the government and people of Afghanistan. Mr. Moody said that Afghanistan has made significant progress over the last 13 years, especially in the realm of women’s rights and empowerment of Afghan security forces.
Mr. Patrick Moody said that recent presidential and provincial council elections are a good indication of the capabilities of the security forces and the will of the Afghan people to determine their future. Mr. Moody promised that British support for the further development of Afghanistan will continue in the future.
In closing, HE Khaled Al Duwaisan, Ambassador of Kuwait in the UK and Dean of the Diplomatic Core congratulated Afghanistan for the 95th anniversary of its Independence and wished the Afghan people further progress toward a peaceful life. .
It is noteworthy that this year’s Independence Day celebration by the Afghan embassy was accompanied by an exhibition of Afghan art-works and products that attracted the attention of the event’s guests. A young Afghan musician, Mr Saphwat Simab provided entertainment by playing the traditional Afghan instrument Rubab, accompanied by Tabla.
For Ambassador Yaar’s speech, please click here .