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QUESTION NO.538 TRAINING TO AFGHAN DIPLOMATS

February 05, 2020

LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO.538
TO BE ANSWERED ON 05.02.2020


TRAINING TO AFGHAN DIPLOMATS


538. SHRI A.K.P. CHINRAJ:

Will the Minister of EXTERNAL AFFAIRS be pleased to state:

(a) whether India and China have decided to give training jointly at Foreign Service Institute (FSI) at New Delhi to the Afghan diplomats for the development of war-torn Afghanistan;

(b) if so, the details thereof;

(c) the nature and tenure of training to these diplomats;

(d) whether FSI has given any similar kind of training to any other country's diplomats; and

(e) if so, the details thereof?

ANSWER
THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
[SHRI V. MURALEEDHARAN]

(a) to (c) The 1st Joint India-China Capacity Building Programme for Afghan Diplomats was held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India from 15 to 26 October 2018 as part of an understanding reached between Prime Minister of India and President of China at the Wuhan Informal Summit. 10 Afghan diplomats participated in the training programme in 2018.

The 2nd Joint India-China Capacity Building Programme for Afghan Diplomats was held at FSI from 11 to 23 November 2019. 10 young diplomats from Afghanistan participated in the Course.

The intensive two-week Course included training modules on various topics covering India’s foreign policy, key international issues, multilateral diplomacy and diplomatic skills. The participants also got an exposure to modern India’s economic and technological developments and undertook study tours to experience the rich cultural heritage of India.

(d) & (e) The Joint India-China Capacity Building Programme for Afghan Diplomats is the only trilateral training programme conducted by FSI. However, courses for foreign diplomats are regularly conducted by FSI. The list of such courses conducted in 2019 is in the Annexure.Tamil.pdf *****

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