Summary: As part of their official visit to London and Liverpool, The First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Deputy Foreign Minister Adela Raz had the opportunity to partake in events and discussions that further strengthened Afghanistan’s historic trade, education and development relations with the United Kingdom.
Her Excellency The First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Her Excellency Deputy Foreign Minister Adela Raz made an official visit to the United Kingdom on the 23rd to the 28th of June 2018. The trip included visiting both London and Liverpool, in a programme reflecting the breadth and depth of business, investment and innovative links between Afghanistan and the United Kingdom with focus on women’s empowerment.
During their trip, Her Excellency The First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Her Excellency Deputy Foreign Minister Adela Raz called on senior UK government officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in the Department for International Development and in the UK Parliament. The meetings included Minister of State for Asia & the Pacific Mark Field, Secretary of State for the Department for International Development Penny Mordaunt and House of Lords conservative politician Baroness Fiona Hodgson.
In London, The First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Her Excellency Deputy Foreign Minister Adela Raz discussed Afghanistan-UK cooperation on issues of shared concerns at the historic think-tanks IISS and Chatham House. They also met senior members from the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Afghanistan, a leading example of the many benefits achieved by bringing together Members of the Commons and Lords with organisations and individuals working in the field of development aid to promote a more stable and a more equal Afghanistan.
Moreover, in Liverpool, along with a group of Afghan women entrepreneurs, The First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani and Her Excellency Deputy Foreign Minister Adela Raz participated in SheTrades Global by ITC, which is a flagship event that promotes women in the economy during the annual International Business Festival in Liverpool. As the keynote speaker, The First Lady emphasised the activities and support provided by her office to foster the empowerment of Afghan women in general and Afghan women entrepreneurs in particular.