Wednesday 6 December saw AIIA host a roundtable event with a delegation from Afghanistan. The delegation was headlined by Afghanistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister, His Excellency Hekmat Khalil Karzai. It also included the Afghan Ambassador to Australia and New Zealand, His Excellency Mr Wahidullah Waissi.
Attending the roundtable was a number of prominent academics, think tank representatives and members of the diplomatic corps, including Indian High Commissioner Dr. A. M. Gondane and Georgian Ambassador Mr George Dolidze.
Mr Karzai briefed the room on the current political situation within Afghanistan, as well as on the state of affairs between the country and its neighbours. His incisive commentary was extremely well received, and prompted fascinating discussion between the Afghan delegation and those in attendance.
The AIIA would like to thank Mr Karzai and the Afghan delegation for taking the time to lead the roundtable discussion. The event was a great success, and the AIIA looks forward to working with the Afghan embassy to further promote improved understanding on issues pertaining to Afghanistan and Australia.