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Ambassador Khojasta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Margareta Griessler-Hermann, International Advisor to the Mayor of Vienna

Today, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Margareta Griessler-Hermann, International Advisor and deputy to Mayor of Vienna to discuss Afghan migrants living in Vienna and to establish a twinning of Austrian and Afghan cities.

In this meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked the government of Austria for hosting Afghan Migrants and in particular expressed her gratitude to the Vienna Municipality for providing immense aid and assistance such as; education, healthcare and integration programs for those Afghan migrants living in Vienna. Refereeing to the tense security situation ambassador Ebrahimkhel stated that “Unfortunately, the Insecurity and instability in some part of Afghanistan and lack of social wellbeing forced many of my fellow Afghans to leave their homes – some of them moved to other places in Afghanistan while many others did not have this opportunity and had to leave to neighboring countries. Due to social and political pressure of two largest host countries of Afghan migrants, Iran and Pakistan, Afghan refugees then started to move towards Europe. We fully understand that such large numbers of refugees can be a burden to any of host countries and really thank them for their supports and humanitarian assistance”

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also expressed her desire to establish new areas of bilateral cooperation in businesses, culture and education and wished to connect one of Afghanistan’s big cities, Herat, Kabul or Jalalabad, with Vienna.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets Dr. Ourania Roditi and Dr. Behnaz Hosseini, Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Vienna Liaison Office

One of the main priorities of the strategic plan of the Embassy and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna is women empowerment. In line with this priority, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Ourania Roditi and Dr. Behnaz Hosseini to discuss and assess the frequency and popularity of ‘temporary’ marriages in Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan and among the corresponding refugee communities in Austria.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel had a leading role in the creation of Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security (NAP 1325) and has also established the Association of Afghan Women Diplomats.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her will to support and participate to a day-long ACUNS conference on ‘Challenges and the tradition of temporary marriages in the Middle East’ that will take place in March 2019.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with Dr. Abdul Razeq Malyar, Afghan Medical Doctor in Vienna

Based on the strategic plan of the embassy and the permanent mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, and in order to establish a new platform of Austrian health cooperation with Afghanistan, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, following a series of meetings with Afghan doctors in Austria met with Dr. Abdul Razeq Malyar, an Afghan Medical Doctor in Vienna.

In this meeting, Dr. Malyar expressed his concerns on the increase of breast cancer among women in Afghanistan and said that “the Government of Austria has the capability to provide hospitals with high-tech equipment and to train doctors in the prevention and treatment of patients in the preliminary and developed stages of breast cancer.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked Dr. Malyar for his timely observation and promised to discuss this issue with the relevant authorities in the Government of Austria.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends event on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, 7 December 2018, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the event organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women. On the 16 days of activism in the mark of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel joins experts in a discussion on the issue of cultural conditional violence and the self-provisional law of women.

During the event, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked H.E. Minister Karin Kneissl for this excellent initiative on a very important topic for Afghanistan. Violence against women remains a major obstacle to equality and it is an issue of fundamental human rights. In Afghanistan, considerable progress over the past sixteen years has been achieved in the area of gender parity and women’s rights. The Government of Afghanistan has developed important measures in the areas of legislation, policy-making and institution building, such as the approval of law on violence against women, National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA), Convention to Eliminate all Form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), regulations for the prevention of sexual harassment, National strategy on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)  and the creation of special courts, special prosecution office, commission and assistance centers for the elimination of violence against women. Nonetheless, much more still needs to be done to substantially improve the situation of women in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, as first female Ambassador of Afghanistan in Austria and as part of her pledge as International Gender Champion, is fully committed to the empowerment of women and to gender equality and will undertake significant contributions to prevent violence and abuse against women.

H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE at the side-lines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan

Today, H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

In this meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of OSCE involvement in Afghanistan. Mr. Zaman thanked the Secretary-General for the overall OSCE support to Afghanistan, in particular, the border management training and capacity building programs for Afghan customs officers and Afghan border police. He also highlighted the importance of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek which is annually providing a number of bachelor and master degree programs for Afghan Students.

Mr. Zaman also expressed his gratitude for the OSCE observation mission for both the Parliamentary and Presidential elections since 2004 and expressed his willingness to have OSCE observation for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan which is planned to be held in April 2019.

Ambassador Greminger considered Afghanistan as an important country in terms of its geopolitics and promised to keep Afghanistan high in the Agenda of OSCE. He also talked about the new OSCE strategy for Afghanistan where the OSCE will broaden its involvement with Afghanistan.

H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan

Today, H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Karin Kneissl Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

In this meeting, both sides had fruitful discussions on issues of mutual interest, including Austrian’s long and sustainable support to the government of Afghanistan within the OSCE’s framework and in other regional and international organizations, the reopening of an Austrian embassy in Kabul, moving the Austrian Non-residence Embassy from Islamabad to Delhi in order to facilitate the visa procedure for Afghan applicants and lastly the issue of Afghan migrants living in Austria.

The Foreign Minister expressed her country’s full support with the people and government of Afghanistan in this crucial time and promised to welcome any new initiatives to extend the roots of cooperation between the two countries. She also touched upon Afghan asylum seekers who are entering Austria to get permanent residence and wished to have Afghanistan’s support in easing the procedure for Afghan deportees whose asylum applications have been denied due to criminal records. She also emphasized that the government of Austria would consider all international laws and norms, as well as the current security situation in Afghanistan, in their migration policies and legal acts on migrants.

H.E. Zaman appreciated Austria’s longstanding support to Afghanistan in various areas and in particular, their active presence within the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

Statement by H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel at Reconvened 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Statement for the Reconvened 61st session of the CND Agenda Item 11 (2)

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends Award Ceremony of the Star of Afghanistan at the Embassy of Poland in Vienna

On Wednesday, 5 December 2018 Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel participated in the Award Ceremony of the Star of Afghanistan at the Embassy of Poland in Vienna. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel warmly congratulated the four awarded officers with the Star of Afghanistan for their excellent service in Afghanistan. The Government of Afghanistan will always remember the soldiers who were killed in action and will always be eternally grateful for their sacrifice.

During her statement, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed the appreciation for the international community’s support in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked NATO and all international partners for their sacrifices and for their commitment to train, advice and assist the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), which remains essential for a better future for the Afghan people. Lastly, she reassured the international community that Afghanistan will seek to use its strategic location as an opportunity for trade, transit and connectivity in our region and not as a land of war and terrorism.

181205-Statement for the Award Ceremony Star of Afghanistan

181205-Statement for the Award Ceremony Star of Afghanistan – Deutsch

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA)

On Tuesday 4 December 2018, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Martin Ledolter, Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation. They had detailed discussions on issues of mutual interest, including the issue of refugees in Austria and the elections planned to take place in April 2019 in Afghanistan.

During the meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel stressed that Afghanistan should not be perceived in a development context only, but should be recognized also in terms of holding significant economic, trade and investment opportunities. Afghanistan’s abundant natural resources, nascent trade agreements, and burgeoning networks of transport and energy represent the great economic promise of a more integrated South and Central Asia. It is noteworthy that this is not a novel idea but rather a restoration of Afghanistan to its historical commercial and cultural role as a vital land-bridge at the heart of Asia.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with the Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Ambassador Emil Brix

Today, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Emil Brix, the current Director of the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna. They had detailed discussions on issues of mutual interest, including the peace process and the challenges and the achievements of the past several years in Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked the Diplomatic Academy for the courses offered to junior Afghan diplomats in the past and expressed interest in securing additional scholarships and fellowships for Afghan students in Austria. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel and Ambassador Brix also discussed in depth new areas of cooperation, particularly the interest in the participation of young Afghan women in diplomatic training.