Melbourne - 100th Anniversary of Afghanistan’s Independence
On the 19thof August 2019, Afghan communities residing in Melbourne gathered for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan’s reclamation of independence and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Australia. This was part of a series of events taking place across Australia, New Zealand and Fiji to commemorate both of these important anniversaries.
The event, held at Springvale Town Hall, was organised by the Afghan community in Victoria, in particular Mr Dur Mohammad Ashna and Mr Basir Qadiri, and was funded by Mr Alande Mustafa Safi, President of Paragon Business Group based in Victoria.
The gathering was well received and those who attended included Mr Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, who took the opportunity to congratulate all Afghans on Independence Day and praised the contributions of Australian-Afghans to Australia's development and rich multiculturalism. Also in attendance were Mr Luke Donnellan, Victorian MLA for Narre Warren and Mr Steve Dimopoulos, Victorian Member of Parliament for Oakleigh.
Other attendees who joined in the celebration were state officials, leaders and members of the Afghan community, and many Afghans living in Melbourne, including men, women, and children of a variety of backgrounds. Minister-Counsellor Mr Mohammad Ateeq Zaki also attended, representing the Embassy of I.R. of Afghanistan in Canberra.
The event began with all guests joining to stand and honour the victims of the abhorrent terrorist attack in Kabul on Saturday the 17thof August. A minute’s silence was observed before the national anthems of Australia and Afghanistan were played. The flag of Afghanistan was also hoisted.
The Embassy wishes to express its appreciation to the organisers and participants of the event and the ongoing support of Afghan communities in Victoria, and their contribution to the promotion of bilateral relations and the mutual friendship between Afghanistan and Australia.