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Afghanistan’s Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled attends Vienna Migration Conference 2018

Afghanistan’s Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled attends Vienna Migration Conference 2018

 Vienna, October 19, 2018

This week, H.E. Faizullah Zaki, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan visited Vienna to participate in the Vienna Migration Conference 2018, hosted by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) from 18-19 October 2018 at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.

Joining more than 300 participants, including high level political decision makers, government experts, academia, media and civil society, H.E. Faizullah Zaki participated in high-level political panels, highlighting the importance of partnerships in the field of migration. Minister Zaki acknowledged the European countries for hosting thousands of Afghans in their countries. He explained the Afghan government’s policies regarding migration management and the achievements obtained in this end. Moreover, He pointed out the causes of irregular migration and suggested creation of legal channels for regular migration.

H.E. Minister Zaki, in the sideline of the conference, hold a bilateral meeting with H.E. Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Director General of ICMPD to discuss the policies of the government of Afghanistan regarding labor migration. Furthermore an MoU was signed between H.E. Minister Zaki and H.E. Dr. Michael Spindelegger for strengthening relations, promoting strategic partnership and enhancing the active cooperation between the Ministry and the Center in the field of Migration governance.

H.E. Minister Zaki was accompanied by Mr. Khyber Farahi Senior Advisor to H.E President of Afghanistan, Mr. Abdul Raqib Wahabzada, head of external affairs of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled of Afghanistan, and representatives of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, who actively participated in the exchange of ideas and fruitful debates.

On the occasion of the visit of H.E. Minister Zaki and his delegation, a reception was hosted by H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the Embassy’s premises.