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Intervention by H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani at the 1033rd OSCE Permanent Council Opening Session of the 2015 Serbian Chairmanship 15.01.2015

Excellences, dear colleagues, Let me also warmly welcome H.E. Ivica Dačić, the 2015 OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia to the OSCE:

We thank you very much Mr. Minister for your comprehensive presentation of the Chairmanship’s priorities, and you can fully count on our support.

We also wish to thank the outgoing Chairmanship for their excellent work during a difficult year for the OSCE in 2014, and we look forward to close co-operation with our Swiss friends in the Asian Contact Group this year.

I would like to join previous speakers in expressing my delegations’ heartfelt condolences to our French colleagues and to the people of France for their losses, through a barbaric terrorist attack which occurred last week, one which we strongly condem. President Ashraf Ghani stated that: “the Killing of defenseless people and civilians is a  heinous act of terrorism and there is no justification for this brutal act”.

Let me recall the long-term commitment of the OSCE to further strengthen its engagement across the three dimensions of its work with Afghanistan, as requested by our Government and reflected in Ministerial Council Decisions No. 4/07 and 4/11. Afghanistan remains committed to the implementation of the programmes and projects, including in the area of border management and security, with our neighboring OSCE participating States.

The Helsinki+40 process provides additional opportunities to strengthen our dialogue and we pledge our active partnership to the process.

Mr.Chairman,

By the end of 2014 the ISAF and NATO military mission ended and now the ANSF are fully responsible for the security of Afghanistan. The Afghan people are grateful for the efforts, sacrifices and continued support of our partners in the International community.

The newly formed National Unity Government has now presented its cabinet nominations to the parliament and once the parliament has approved the nominees, the government will lead a national commitment equal to this unparalleled moment of opportunity in our country, at the beginning of our Decade of Transformation (2015-2024). The National Unity Government will bring its full resources to realize our fundamental goals: peace, stability, prosperity, equal rights, education and justice, which are the fundamental  elements of OSCE principles.

Nonetheless, we will be continuously confronted with a number of challenges. Let me re-emphasize the necessity of effective assistance and continued  support to Afghanistan in order to consolidate what has been accomplished to this date, and to secure further improvements. We are fully aware of the fact that the current crisis in the OSCE region implies certain constraints; however we are confident that the Chairmanship will maintain and increase OSCE’s activities in Afghanistan.

In conclusion, Mr. Minister, the people of Afghanistan has a strong friendly feeling to your people which goes back to the days of our Diplomatic relations in 1954,  and we wish you, your people  and your able team here in Vienna the greatest success.

Thank you.

Afghanistan signs strategic partnership charter with UAE

By Khaama Press

The government of Afghanistan signed a strategic partnership charter with the United Arab Emirates during President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s visit.

President Ghani accompanied by a delegation of high level government officials on Tuesday left for United Arab Emirates on a two-day state visit.

Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Mohammad Hanif Atmar signed the strategic partnership charter with UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Anwar Mohammed Gargash in the presence of UAE’s Vice-President and Prime Minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

The two nations will further boost bilateral ties and enhance joint cooperation in various fields with the signing of the strategic partnershp charter.

President Ghani and Shaikh Mohammed discussed the latest regional and international political, security and economic developments.

Shaikh Mohammad has also promised to assist Afghanistan in various sectors to achieve growth, prosperity and stability by sharing UAE’s expertise and development experience