May 29, 2016
Kabul – The 60th anniversary of the Institute of Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was celebrated, today afternoon, with the presence of the Afghan Foreign Minister Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani, Deputy Foreign Ministers Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Mr. Naseer Ahmad Andisha, and Mrs. Adela Raz, former Foreign Minister Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta, former Deputy Foreign Ministers Dr. Haidar Reza and Mr. Mohammad Kabir Farahi, Ambassadors from friend countries in Kabul, former and current Directors and employees of the Ministry.
At the outset, Director of Institute of Diplomacy, Dr. Muhebburrahman Speenghar welcomed the participants and shed light on the past and current operations of the institute. Later on, Foreign Minister Rabbani besides expressing delight for this occasion, stated that understanding the principles and fundamentals of politics is significant for pursuing national goals and interests, and while mentioning the efforts of the current leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in this regard “I emphasize as Foreign Minister that, as promised, I will not hesitate in turning the diplomatic apparatus cadres into academic and getting out of the routine and passive mode, as we compiled the Political Principles and Goals of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for the transformation decade by an elite team, we will finalize the compilation of the policies of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Foreign Policy for a 4 year period.” said Mr. Rabbani.
The former Foreign Minister Mr. Spanta stated that selecting the best to serve in the diplomatic apparatus of the country is significant and training experienced and knowledgeable diplomats is a necessity and important for now and country’s future, and while remembering and appreciating the efforts put by the founder and pioneers of the foreign relations of Afghanistan such as; Mr. Mahmood Tarzi, Mr. Mohammad Wali Khan Darwazi, Mr. Musa Shafiq, Mr. Abdurrahman Pajhwak, Mr. Rawan Farhadi and others, counted them as the foreign relations thinkers of the country; and stated that he believes that the current Afghan Foreign Minister and his young team will put effort in carrying out Afghanistan’s Foreign Policy and protecting national interests, and the Afghan people expects the very same from them as well.
The Institute of Diplomacy was inaugurated in 1334, when Mr. Sardar Mohammad Naim Khan was the foreign minister, with the purpose of capacity development of the employees of the Ministry. Since its inauguration, diplomats and employees have graduated in 22 terms and have served in the diplomatic apparatus. For the first time in 1393, the Master’s program was introduced for the young diplomats, with the cooperation of the Kabul University, through which 11 diplomats from MoFA successfully completed the master’s program.