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.