It is an honour to serve you as Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Commonwealth of Australia and continue the long history of friendly relations between our two nations.
Afghan-Australia relations can be traced back to the Mid-nineteenth century, when Afghan cameleers came to Australia and played a crucial role in the opening up of the Outback and in development of major transport facilitation for the wool and mining industries. The Adelaide to Alice Springs train (now extended to Darwin), the Ghan, is named in their honour.
In October 1994, an Honorary Consulate of Afghanistan was opened in Canberra, with jurisdiction throughout Australia. The first resident representation followed the establishing of the Embassy of Afghanistan in 2002.
In August 2006, His Excellency Mr Brett Hackett was appointed the first resident Ambassador of Australia to Afghanistan.
I look forward to working with you to build upon the contributions by the first Afghan settlers and to explore together the potential (new avenues) to improve bilateral trade and to further educational and cultural exchange between Afghanistan and Australia.
I invite you to visit our website to update you on our activities and to introduce you to the organizational structure and role of the Afghanistan Embassy in Canberra