President Ashraf Ghani accepted the credential letters of Vittorio Sandalli and Caecilia Theodora Wijgers, newly-appointed ambassadors of Italy and Netherlands to Kabul in two separate ceremonies, today at the Presidential Palace.
President Ghani extended gratitude to Italy and Netherlands for their continuous support for a stable Afghanistan and its peace process, the Afghan Defense and Security forces, development programs and regional connectivity.
The president underscored that Afghanistan is enjoying deep-rooted relationship with Italy and Netherlands and thanked both countries’ efforts for further expanding and deepening these relations.
President Ghani expressed appreciation for Emergency hospitals operations in Afghanistan as well as principled stance of the NATO and the European Union for a stable and democratic Afghanistan.
Italian Ambassador Vittorio Sandalli said expressed his country’s commitment to support Afghanistan and the peace process and stressed that that they continue to cooperate with Afghanistan within the frameworks of EU and NATO.
Ms. Caecilia Theodora Wijgers, Ambassador of Netherlands to Kabul said the Netherlands would continue to support Afghanistan in various areas to further strengthen rule of law, human rights, the role of women and their participation in government positions, the peace process and development programs.
Both ambassadors underscored the need that the values and achievements of the past nineteen years should be safeguarded.
They praised the fundamental steps taken by the Afghan government in the peace process and added they expectimminent start of direct negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban.