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.