Speech by the first secretary of the Afghan Embassy The Hague(NL)

Draft speech as 3rd of MayL1170511

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
Honorable guests and distinguished members of the Dutch and Afghan community.
It is indeed a pleasure inviting me here in the beautiful city of Heerlen to participate in this historic ceremony on behalf of the Afghan Embassy in The Hague.
Let me first congratulate you Mr. Daliry for the great achievement and outstanding contributions to the civil society and several social, educational and cultural activities for the development, well-being and integration of Afghans here in The Netherlands, as well as the support to several aid projects inside Afghanistan.
Mr. Daliry, I read your c.v. and I appreciate all your efforts and dedication for being a very good citizen, husband and father to your kids.
This achievement, the Knight Order of Oranje Nassau, which was bestowed by His Majesty the King of The Netherlands to you as an Afghan – Dutch, is also a great symbolic achievement for you, your family and all other Afghan refugees in The Netherlands and rest of the world.

Ladies and gentlemen!
It is also a great honor to express the gratitude of the Government of Afghanistan and from our Mission in The Hague to the Dutch government and the local authorities of Heerlen, for their understanding and recognition of the great value of integration activities, voluntarily and professionally, like those by Mr. Daliry and not to forget also by many other people here, Afghans as well as Dutch, who supported him and who surely got inspired by him.

Ladies and gentlemen!

It’s also worth to mention here that both Afghanistan and The Netherlands enjoy long-standing, positive bilateral relationships and Afghanistan is grateful to the people and government of the Netherlands and appreciate Dutch long-term generous commitments and development cooperation.
While Afghanistan was invaded by the former Soviet Union in 1979 Dutch Committee for Afghanistan established and started to provide humanitarian aids to the Afghan refugees in Peshawar.
Since 2002 the government of the Netherlands has been engaged in Afghanistan politically, militarily and through development and humanitarian assistances and plays significant and constructive rule in the state building process in Afghanistan.
The people of Afghanistan will never forget the ultimate sacrifice of (25 men killed) Dutch brave troops for the provision of peace and security in Afghanistan and rest of the world.
We are grateful of the remarkable Dutch military contributions in the province of Uruzgan in the past and now their effective support in the NATO Resolute Support Mission in Kunduz province.

Ladies and gentlemen!
Since last month I started to serve my country here in the Embassy of Afghanistan in The Hague and I hope I could be able to come and visit the nice city of Heerlen again and work closely together with my Afghan and Dutch friends in this community to further expand and strengthen our relations.

Thank you very much.

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