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Newly appointed Ambassador of Afghanistan visits the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels

On 22 February 2017 His Excellency Wali MONAWAR, the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Kingdom of Belgium was welcomed by Energy Charter Secretary General Dr Urban Rusnák.

The meeting took place at the Energy Charter Secretariat in Brussels and focused on a number of matters, mostly in the context of Afghanistan, and its energy security and transition to peace. Participants of the meeting discussed Afghanistan's recent accession to the Energy Charter Treaty, which can be regarded as a positive factor with potential to streamlining Afghanistan's goals and aspirations from the energy perspective. The country's specific geographical position being surrounded by energy-rich neighbors in the north, makes it especially important as a conduit of the planned pipeline to its neighbors in the south-east. The Ambassador has praised the Energy Charter's efforts in the upcoming hosting of Secondees from the government sector of Afghanistan in the framework of the horizontal risk assessment report. Such reports have already been drafted and issued for a number of states, and they are viewed as useful tool for investors and other players in the energy sector.