Attendance at the 6th NATO-Asia/Pacific Dialogue
September 15, 2016: Mr. Basir Ahmad Hamdard, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, attended the semi-public panel discussion of the 6th NATO-Asia/Pacific Dialogue. This year’s event was entitled “Asian Security Dynamics and NATO Partnerships” and was held at the InterContinental Hotel.
The welcoming remarks were given by Dr. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Director of Regional Programme Political Dialogue Asia and the Pacific; Mr. Zsolt Rabai, Coordinator for Partners Across the Globe and Contact Countries, Engagements Section for the Public Diplomacy Division of NATO; and H.E. Ambassador Dr. Hans Carl von Werthern, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan. They Keynote speech was given by Mr. Nobushige Takamizawa, former Chief Cabinet Secretary, Director General of National Information Security Center, and Deputy Secretary General of National Security Secretariat for Japan.
After the opening remarks was the panel discussion chaired by Dr. Carlo Masala, Professor at the University of the Federal Armed Forces in Munich, Germany. On the panel besides the afore mentioned Mr. Takamizawa were Mr. Shyam Saran, Chairman of Research and Information System for Developing Countries for the Republic of India; Brigadier General Ranier Meyer zum Felde, Representative for the Federal Republic of Germany to NATO; and Mr. James Mackey, Head for euro-Atlantic and Global Partnership Office for the Political Affairs and Security Division of NATO. Following the panel discussion where Mr. Hamdard expressed his thanks to the hosts of the event who in return thanked him for coming.