Summary: The Chief Executive visited London to underline the strength of the Afghanistan-UK relationship and our cooperation on a wide range of areas including national security, development and education.
His Excellency Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah made an official visit to London on the 5th of June 2018. During his trip, he held a series of positive discussions with the Ministry of Defence, with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and with the Department for International Development. His speaking engagements included the University of Winchester, the historic think-tank Chatham House, as well as a sit-down with selected representatives from the British media.
As a part of his three-day visit, the Chief Executive, Ambassador Jawad and Ministry of Foreign Affairs representatives called on senior UK government officials, whereby the meetings included Minister of State for the Armed Forces Mark Lancaster, National Security Adviser Sir Mark Sedwill, General Sir Nick Carter and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. This created an excellent opportunity for the officials to discuss continued UK support to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) ahead of the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Afghanistan. The Chief Executive also had the pleasure of meeting The Prince of Wales, thanking him for his vital support to the NGO Turquoise Mountain by preserving Afghan heritage through craftsmanship.
All in all, the visit was an important opportunity for the Chief Executive to build on the close cordial bilateral relations which already exist between our two countries, welcoming the key role that the United Kingdom plays in the region 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 reflected the depth of our bilateral relationship, whilst also identifying new areas for potential cooperation ahead of the elections.