Nangarhar plans to establish diplomatic enclave
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Efforts have been intensified to establish a diplomatic enclave near the governor’s house in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, to house foreign missions, an official said on Wednesday.
Nangarhar foreign affairs director Hifzullah Ihsaqzai told a gathering celebrating hundred years of Afghanistan-Germany friendship here that the diplomatic enclave would result into many facilities.
A photo exhibition showcasing pictures of projects jointly executed by Afghanistan and Germany and in cooperation with each other was also opened at the gathering.
“We want to establish the diplomatic area near the governor’s house. In this area, the consulates of Iran, Pakistan and India will be housed besides other foreigners,” Ishaqzai said.
He said it was possible Germany, France, Turkey and China and other countries open their consulates in Jalalabad.
He said the foreign missions would enhance their countries’ relations with the people of Nangarhar in areas of trade, education and others.
Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, told Pajhwok Afghan News the diplomatic enclave project would be launched this solar year.
“The current foreign missions in Nangarhar are housed in crowded areas and the establishment of the diplomatic area would facilitate local residents,” he said.
Speaking at the gathering marking the 100th anniversary of Afghan-German friendship, Nangarhar information and culture director Orang Samim said Germany had carried out many projects in Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar.
“Afghanistan signed the treaty of friendship with Germany in 1915 and since then, Germany has completed many infrastructure development projects for the Afghans,” he said.
He said Germany had constructed hundreds of buildings for education institutes in Nangarhar and urged the friendly country to assist Nangarhar in rehabilitating heritage sites.
The photo exhibition would continue for the next three weeks.
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