Colombo: - Ambassador M. Ashraf Haidari recently spoke on the Hyde-Park show of Ada Derana, discussing Afghanistan's war against regional and transnational terrorism, which daily victimizes innocent Afghans. Defending Afghanistan and helping maintain regional stability and international peace, he said Afghan forces battle a large number of terrorist groups, all of which operate under the Taliban's enabling umbrella.
At the same time, he said the Afghan government has pursued a results-driven peace process to end the imposed war, in cooperation with the international community. He noted Sri Lanka's war-to-peace-transition experience is instructive, from which Afghanistan could learn relevant lessons. However, he cautioned against premature withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan where the achievement of sustainable peace would allow them to leave the country gradually.
Moreover, he discussed the growing Afghanistan-Sri Lanka bilateral relations, noting the recent signing of the cooperation MOU between the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC) and the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI). He highlighted the commitment of both countries's leadership to enhancing air and sea connectivity for trade, while encouraging both sides not to wait for the global COVID-19 pandemic, in order to take the necessary commercial initiatives to expand bilateral trade and investment.
to watch full interview.
to read Ambassdaor Haidari's recent article on "Afghanistan–Sri Lanka: A Growing Partnership for Shared Peace and Prosperity in South Asia."