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Afghanistan to open consulate in Hyderabad

G Naga Sridhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 16, 2018

Seeks collaboration in IT, construction, mining & education

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan will open a consulate in Hyderabad soon.

This was disclosed by its ambassador, Shaida Mohammad Abdali, at an interactive session organised by the Federation of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Ftapcci) here on Friday.

“Tomorrow, I will discuss with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on how to move further on setting up of the consulate,” Abdali said, adding that the formal approvals from the governments of Afghanistan and India were already in place.

Hyderabad has been a focus region for Afghanistan. The city has 1,000 students from Afghanistan, out of 16,000 in the entire country.

Highlighting the need for greater economic collaboration, the diplomat said his country was interested in IT, construction, mining, agri processing, education, among others.

“Many people ask me about our population. But see Afghanistan not as a country but as a region as we are at a crossroads geographically,” he said.

Jalalabad city is being promoted by Afghanistan as a key destination.

The connectivity issues between India and Afghanistan were being addressed by the recently concluded trilateral pact between India, Afghanistan and Iran on Chabahar port, he added.

Published on October 14, 2016

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