Summary: His Excellency Deputy Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman made an official visit to the United Kingdom, January 29-February 5, 2019.
Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister of Political Affairs, His Excellency Idrees Zaman, visited the United Kingdom for the first time since his appointment in October 2018. During his stay, he held a series of positive discussions with UK government officials and with Afghanistan-focused institutions. His speaking engagements included the historic think-tank Chatham House as well as a sit-down with the BBC Afghan Service.
In London, the Deputy Foreign Minister called on senior government officials, whereby his meetings included private sit-downs with Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Mark Field, EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia and Country Director of the World Bank in Afghanistan Shubham Chaudhuri. This created an excellent opportunity for the Deputy minister to evaluate the recent International Contact Group (ICG) meeting as well as to discuss the framework of the on-going peace process.
The first official visit from the Deputy Minister was therefore an important opportunity for the Embassy to highlight the depth of our relationship with the United Kingdom and to identify new areas for potential cooperation.