His Excellency, Honourable Dr Daud Yaar, Incoming Ambassador of Afghanistan in London along with Mr Najibullah Mohajer, First Secretary Political Affairs visiting Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Southall (UK).
The Ambassador with community leaders
London, 26th Aug 2012 – His Excellency Honourable Dr Daud Yaar, Incoming Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, along with Mr Najibullah Mohajer, First Secretary Political Affairs in London visiting Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Southall (UK) today.
Dr Yaar addressed the congregation in Dari and assured to provide all necessary consular assistance to Afghan Minorities diaspora outside the country, as well as to the small minorities residing currently in Afghanistan. The Gurdwara Management honoured His Excellency and his First Secretary – Najibullah Mohajer by giving them a Siropa – The Sikh Robe of Honour.
Siropa is a term adopted from Persian sar-o-pa (head and foot) or sarapa (head to foot) meaning an honorary dress.
During his visit, Ambassador Dr Yaar thanked the congregation and spoke about the diversity and on-going reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. We were very much impressed with his humble & down to earth nature which we notice while having a customary, Afghan style, traditional tea (Kawa Cha/Chai Sabz) with His Excellency Ambassador Dr Daud Yaar.
Gurdwara Guru Nanak Darbar, Southall has been established by Sikhs from Afghanistan who settled in Britain after fleeing their country due to civil war and political unrest.
Pritpal Singh, author of this article and of the pictures, receives siropa
We are campaigning against returning Afghan Sikh refugees to their country from Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK