Political relations

France and Afghanistan signed a treaty of friendship and cooperation on 27 January 2012. The treaty, which took effect on 1 December 2012 for 20 years, sets outs France’s long-term commitment and shows the transition from a principally military commitment to a civil one. The treaty is accompanied by a 5-year action plan setting out in detail projects in the fields of security (military and police training), scientific, cultural and technical cooperation (agriculture, research, education, health, archaeology, governance), infrastructure (irrigation, electrification) and economy and trade. For more detail on French cooperation in Afghanistan, see the website of the French Embassy in Afghanistan.

Bilateral visits (since 2013)

  • 15-16 February 2013: visit by Mr Manuel Valls, Minister of the Interior, to Kabul
  • 24-25 June 2013: visit to Kabul by Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence
  • 4 September 2013: visit to Paris by Mr Zalmaï Rassoul, Afghan Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • 27 December 2013: visit to Afghanistan by Mr Kader Arif, Minister Delegate for Veterans
  • 8 January 2014: visit to Paris by Mr Bismullah Khan Mohammadi, Afghan Minister of Defence
  • 27 February 2017: visit to Paris by Mr Tadj Mohammad Djahed, Afghan Minister of the Interior.

For more detail on bilateral visits, visit the website of the French Embassy in Afghanistan.

Economic relations

Franco-Afghan bilateral trade remains low mainly due to security conditions. It has nevertheless been generating a positive trade balance for France since 2001. While French exports to Afghanistan dipped in 2013 and 2014 (€45 million in 2012, €25 million in 2013, €17 million in 2014), they increased in 2015 to €21.8 million. France’s three main exports to Afghanistan are agrifood products, pharmaceuticals and rubber and plastic products. Imports from Afghanistan stood at €6m in 2015.

Updated: 03.06.17