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The Embassy of Afghanistan in Berlin

Contact

Address: Taunusstrasse 3 14193 Berlin Germany

Tel.: (+49) 30 20 67 35 10

Fax: (+49) 30 20 67 35 25

E-mail: info@botschaft-afghanistan.de

www.botschaft-afghanistan.de

The Ambassador

Amb. Hamid Sidiq

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Amb.Hamid Sidiq has served as the Afghan Ambassador to Germany since September 2014.

Amb. Sidiq studied in the Department of Engineering Sciences at the University of Kabul in 1972; and studied Engineering Sciences at the University of Munich from 1974 to 1978; he acquired a Bachelor Degree at the Institute for Political Sciences, Munich in 1982.

During 1975-1985 he worked as an engineer at Mendler, Munich. From 1986 to 1996, Amb.Hamid Sidiq was head of the Afghan community in North and Southern California, a member of the Loya Jirga-motion. Between 1996 and 1997 he was Coordinator of the Loya Jirga-plans of the former king of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah. He later served as Coordinator of the Great Afghan Assembly in Bonn between 1996 and 1998, and afterwards was head of the Council for Peace and National Unity of Afghanistan offices. In 1999 Amb. Sadiq became Coordinator of the Rome Conference, convened by the former King of Afghanistan, Zahir Shah Mohammad SM. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the Coordinator, Head of Office and Head of Protocol of the former king of Afghanistan, Mohammad Zahir Shah in Rome. From 2003 to 2005 he served as the Head of the Mission of Afghanistan in Oslo. From 2005-2014 he was Head of Protocol of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Hamid Speaks: Dari, Pashto, English, German

History

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Afghanistan and Germany have a long history of relations. In 2015 the two countries celebrated 100 years of friendly relations, which began in 1915 with the establishment of initial contacts between the governments of the German Reich and the Emirate of Afghanistan. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were officially established in 1922. The German Embassy was re-opened in December 2001, initially as a German liaison office after the fall of the Taliban regime. Soon after, in January 2002, the German Ambassador was the first head of mission to present his credentials to the new Interim Administration. In addition, the German Consulate-General in Mazar-i-Sharif commenced work in June 2013.

Both countries established diplomatic relations to focus their work on cooperation and reconstruction projects. Immediately after the fall of the Taliban regime, two ground-breaking conferences on the future of Afghanistan were held at the Petersberg guest house near Bonn in late 2001 and 2002. At the 2004 Berlin Conference, the international community reiterated its long-term commitment to Afghanistan.

On 5 December 2011, ten years after the first Petersberg Conference, Germany once again hosted an International Conference on Afghanistan in Bonn. The key message of the conference was that the international community should not and would not abandon Afghanistan, even after the termination of NATO’s ISAF combat mission at the end of 2014.On 16 May 2012, Federal Chancellor Merkel and President Karzai signed a bilateral agreement on cooperation between Germany and Afghanistan. This partnership agreement regulates Germany’s long-term relations with Afghanistan.

The resumption of cultural relations in 2002 was able to draw on a well-established network of dedicated Germans and Afghans and the traditional cooperation between schools, universities and other cultural institutions has been revived. To mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of relations between Germany and Afghanistan, an Afghan Cultural Week was held in Berlin in December 2015. The programme, which was designed to appeal to young people, featured numerous events showcasing a country engaged in a process of transition and embarking on a new era.