Ambassador Ludin leaves for new posting in Canada
After spending two years in Oslo, Ambassador Jawed Ludin was
awarded a new posting. On June 2nd, he officially left his position as
Afghanistan’s ambassador to the Nordic countries, to represent his
country in Canada.
During his time in Oslo, Ambassador Ludin was an active participant in the public debate, an engaged Ambassador and a dear friend to those with whom he crossed paths. As a relatively new embassy, the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo grew both in size and capacity under Ambassador Ludin’s leadership.
The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has yet to announce the new ambassador to the Nordic countries, and Minister Counsellor Poya Faryabi will serve as Chargé d’Affaires until this happens.
On June 5th, an official farewell reception was held in Ambassador Ludin’s honour. The reception was held at Oslo Militære Samfund, and was opened with a speech from the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile, Mr. Roberto Eduardo Alonso Budge. Ambassador Budge praised Mr. Ludin’s efforts in Oslo, and wished him the best of luck in his new posting in Ottawa, Canada.
As a gift from the Diplomatic Corps, Mr. Ludin received a beautiful painting of the area Jotunheimen, a gift he much appreciated. The art was made by painter Dag Hol, famous for his depictions of Norwegian nature.
In his speech, Ambassador Ludin reflected upon his time in Norway. His posting to the Nordic countries was the first time he was appointed ambassador, and he stated he had learned a lot, while at the same time having the joy of serving his country. He said that the experience of being posted in the Nordic countries was one he would carry with him in his future endeavours.
Ambassador Ludin also emphasized the joy of making many close friends during his time in Norway. Many of them were present at the farewell reception, and he thanked them all for their friendship and support. One of the Ambassador’s good friends, UN Special Representative, Kai Eide, also attended the reception, which was deeply appreciated by the Ambassador.
The staff of the Embassy of Afghanistan in Oslo wishes to thank Ambassador Ludin for the work he has done, and for being a great role-model to us all. We wish him the best of luck in Canada.