Canberra, ACT

3 April 2017

On Monday 3 April 2017, at Government House, Canberra, the Governor- General, General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), received the Australian Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mr Richard Feakes.

Afterwards, the Governor-General, received the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, His Excellency Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Later, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove hosted a Ceremonial Welcome for His Excellency Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

Then, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove met with His Excellency Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and received: His Excellency Dr Temor Alam, Advisor to the President; Mr M Haroon Chakhansuri, Deputy Chief of Staff Coordinator of State Affairs; His Excellency Amanullah Ghalib, Deputy Minister of Energy and Water; His Excellency Scott Guggenheim, Senior Advisor to the President; His Excellency Abdul Hamid Helmandi, Senior Advisor to the President; His Excellency Shah Zaman Maiwandi, Senior Advisor to the President; His Excellency Mukhtarullah Mukhtar, Special Secretary to the President and Chief of Protocol; His Excellency Abdul Sattar Murad, Minister of Economy; Her Excellency Nargis Nehan, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum; His Excellency Wahidullah Waissi, Ambassador of the Islamic State of Afghanistan in Australia.

In the afternoon, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove hosted a State Lunch in honour of His Excellency Dr Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. Guests included: His Excellency Dr Temor Alam; Private Kbora Ali and Ms Razia Ali; Ms Yvette Berry MLA; Mr M Haroon Chakhansuri; Mr Mark Coulton MP and Mrs Robyn Coulton; Mr Abas Farsoo; Mr Richard Feakes; Senator Katy Gallagher; His Excellency Amanullah Ghalib; Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC RAN and Mrs Chloe Griggs; His Excellency Abdul Hamid Helmandi; Mr Bashir Keshtiar and Mrs Breshna Keshtiar; His Excellency Mr Nabil Lakhal; His Excellency Shah Zaman Maiwandi; Senator the Honourable James McGrath; Mr Ahmad Jawid Mojadidy; His Excellency Mukhtarullah Mukhtar; His Excellency Abdul Sattar Murad; Her Excellency Nargis Nehan; the Honourable Dr Brendan Nelson AO; Mr Fazul Mahmood Rahemee Pajwak; Dr Martin Parkinson AC PSM and Dr Heather Smith PSM; Mr Dennis Richardson AO and Mrs Betty Richardson; Professor Amin Saikal AM and Ms Mary-Louise Hickey; Mr Ric Smith AO PSM; His Excellency Wahidullah Waissi; Ms Penny Williams; Mr Abdul Rahim Zeerak.

Afterwards, at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, the Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove, as guests of the Director of Corporate Affairs and Content Innovation, Mr Campbell Reid, launched the News Corps Australia ANZAC Coin Collection.