Afghanistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Mahmoud Saiqal, on Thursday submitted his credentials to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in New York.
Saiqal was appointed as new Afghan envoy to the UN on 27 October 2015.
On the occasion, a meeting was held between UN Scretary General and Saiqal in which the two sides discussed matters of mutual interests with special focus on the recent earthquake that jolted northern Afghanistan along with the general security situations in Afghanistan and political process.
In the meeting, UN secretary general expressed deep sympathies with the bereaved families who lost their loved ones in the aftermath of the natural disaster.
He said that Afghanistan is one of the countries which has been under close monitoring of the UN secretary general, adding that proper time has arrived to concentrate on economic development of the country as well besides security issues.
In addition, Saiqal reaffirmed Afghanistan's solid commitments to stay in close cooperation with the UN and stressed the need for longstanding development to be in place in Afghanistan so that Afghans can get advantage from it.