AT-KABUL: The new Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations, Mahmoud Saikal, has presented his credentials to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
According to a statement issued by the UN press office, the new Afghan envoy to the UN is a senior diplomat and international development specialist with over two decades of experience with governments, international organizations, private sector and civil society.
He has served as Special Representative and Senior Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador of Afghanistan to Australia and New Zealand.
He played significant role in the negotiation of various agreements, including the 2014 agreement on the formation of the National Unity Government, the “Joint Declaration on Regional Peace and Stability” a track II initiative launched in Kabul in 2013, the “Afghanistan Compact” which was launched at the London International Conference on Afghanistan in 2006, as well as the 2006 Afghanistan-NATO Declaration, which set out the Framework for Enduring Cooperation in Partnership.
He was deeply involved in the promotion of regional cooperation, resulting in Afghanistan’s membership in South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC), strengthening Afghanistan’s membership in Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), and formulation of the process of Regional Economic Cooperation Conferences on Afghanistan (RECCA).