June 30, 2016
Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib attended an Iftar reception hosted at the Norwegian Embassy for the Alliance in Support of the Afghan People (ASAP).
The ASAP is a coalition dedicated to protecting and advancing progress made by the Afghan people over the last several years.
Deputy Norwegian Chief of Mission, Lajla Jakhelln welcomed the Afghan delegation and said Norway was happy to be assisting Afghanistan in every way possible. The ASAP was represented by two Afghan delegation members, Shaharzad Akbar and Masood Karokhail, who both spoke about the impact of the Alliance efforts and its accomplishments in advocating support for the people of Afghanistan.
In his remarks, Ambassador Mohib thanked the Norwegian embassy for welcoming the Afghan delegation and spoke about the critical role that civil society and youth organizations such as the ASAP plays in contributing to Afghanistan’s peace and development. “75% of Afghanistan’s 30 million people are under the age of 35, and they are the engine that is going to drive our country forward.” The Ambassador added highlighting that they are educated, motivated and a catalyzing force for positive change.
The Ambassador stressed that while Afghanistan was on its path toward self-reliance, continued international support to Afghanistan was still important. He added that with increased revenue collection, improved infrastructure, and greater success by women and Afghan military forces, “momentum is on Afghanistan’s side”.