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National Ulema Council expresses support and solidarity with the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF)

Afghanistan’s National Security Forces (ANSF) received overarching support and expressions of solidarity from the country’s largest religious body, the National Ulema Council on Thursday.  This comes as a significant step for the ANSF, as decisions taken by the Council are honoured across the nation. Over 5,000 religious scholars from across the country gathered in Kabul for the declaration, udner the slogan ‘Long live Afghan Forces’.

Concurrently, Afghanistan’s Youth Union also came forward in an ever increasing trend of national support for the ANSF, signing an agreement with the Ministry of Defence, to encourage Afghan youth to join the ranks of the security forces.

Similar expressions of support were given by both houses of Parliament and women’s’ organizations. Following the drawdown of the NATO led ISAF, the Afghan ANSF are responsible for the country’s security. The ANSF has demonstrated their capability for the task ahead over the past year and it is this trust of the Afghan people which remains essential to them succeeding at their mission.

 

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Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Ayoob Erfani to the OSCE Security Committee

Mr. Chairman,

We thank you, Ambassador Vuk Žugić, for organizing today’s meeting and for outlining the priorities of the 2015 Chairmanship of Security Committee.

We congratulate the Romanian SC Chairmanship and wish you, Mr. Chairman, every success!

Afghanistan remains committed to its close co-operation with the OSCE in 2015, across all three dimensions, and security clearly continues to be one of our priorities in our collaboration with the OSCE. In particular, border management and security are vital issues.

2014 was a special year for Afghanistan, with the completion of the transition process, and the elections. We accomplished advancements in a number of areas, including economy, security and politics – with the generous assistance of our international friends and partners.

With the completion of the security transition and the drawdown of NATO/ISAF, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are now fully in charge of the security in the country. They have shown their professional capability during the 2014 elections, and also in recent months. As it was previously done by women and youth organizations, as well as by both houses of the parliament, more than 5000 religious leaders from across the country gathered in Kabul last week to express their resolute support for the ANSF, using the slogan of “long live the ANSF”.

We stand now at the beginning of our Decade of Transformation (2015-2024) and we will be looking to seize every opportunity while vigorously tackling all remaining challenges. Here, we continuously require the strong support of the international community, with a view to consolidating and expanding on what has been achieved so far. I thank all colleagues who emphasized this morning the necessity of OSCE’s continued support for Afghanistan.

Let me also thank Mr. Alexey Lyzhenkov, OSCE’s Co-ordinator of Activities to Address Transnational Threats (Transnational Threats Department – TNTD)  for presenting the TNTD’s strategic outlook 2015, Afghanistan has taken good advantage of TNTD’s programmes  through participation in all its sessions and workshops, and I am confident we will be able to further strengthen our close co-operation this year.

Thank you!

 

 

Ambassador Erfani delivers remarks in response to Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Carlos Morales

Remarks by H.E. Ayoob M. Erfani in response to the presentation by H.E. Carlos Morales Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Guatemala on the outcome document of the 46th Special Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, entitled “Reflections and Guidelines to Formulate and Follow-up on Comprehensive Policies to Address the World Drug Problem in the Americas”

Monday, 19 January 2015

 

H.E. Ambassador Arthayudh Srisamoot, we wish to welcome you to the Vienna family and congratulate you on assuming your role in the chairmanship of the CND, in this regard we wish you every success.

 

Let me join previous speakers in welcoming you, Mr. Minister Morales, to the VIC and I wish to thank you for sharing your experiences which is equally important for Afghanistan. We welcome your initiative and pledge our full support.

 

Afghanistan has been a prime victim of the global menace of illicit narcotics for more than a decade, addressing this menace remains one of our National Priority Programs and the newly formed National Unity Government is committed to contribute our share in combatting this transnational threat.

 

We believe that illicit narcotics are a global challenge, which require a global approach by all countries in a holistic, balanced and integrated manner, to effectively combat this menace.

 

We expect from all countries in our region, beyond and the IC as whole, to do their part based on the shared-responsibility principle.

 

The Government of Afghanistan has taken practical measures at the national level to create a strong legal foundation, to build institutions, to develop policies in key areas of alternative livelihood, law enforcement, demand reduction and public awareness. At regional level we are expanding our efforts on bilateral, trilateral, quadrature as well as other mechanism including the Istanbul Process and at the International level, Afghanistan has joined all relevant regulations and instruments to join the international community addressing the World Drug Problem.

 

We consider the 2016 UN GASS to be a timely and crucial event to address the World Drug Problem and we are dedicated to play an active part in the preparations for this historic event. The drug problem stands as one of the major challenges for us at the cusp of our Decade of Transformation 2015-2024. The new Government of Afghanistan has particularly high stakes in this process and are dedicated to playing an active part in this historic opportunity to achieving a global consensus to address this global challenge.

 

Thank you, Mr Chairman.