Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel delivered a statement at the 2020 OSCE Asian Conference on Multilateral Responses to the Global Security Challenges held on the 12th and 13th of October. The conference was co-hosted by the Republic of Korea and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) with the participation of Lee Taeho, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and Ingrid Brocková, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia. The conference also hosted the participation of Mr. Ahmad Shuja Jamal, Director-General for International Affairs and Regional Cooperation at the Office of National Security in Kabul, as a panelist. This event celebrated the 25th anniversary of the OSCE Asian Partnership.
In her statement, the Ambassador stated that regional cooperation remains key in addressing regional challenges and threats in Asia. Afghanistan, being located on the Eurasian land bridge, possesses, historically and contemporarily, a key strategic geographical position connecting Central and South Asia to Europe. Afghanistan’s strategic position and geography allows for the opportunity of integrating Central, West, East and South Asia into a network that supports stability and prosperity over a vast area of the world’s surface.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel affirmed that only by reinvigorating our cooperation and multilateral responses will we [Asian Partners for Co-operation in the OSCE] be able to stay relevant in this rapidly changing global, political, economic, social and humanitarian landscape. She continued by commending the progress achieved so far by the Asian Partners for Co-operations group in the OSCE, and stated that Afghanistan is committed to developing and strengthening long-term cooperation with the OSCE to better tackle global security challenges.
Director-General Ahmad Shuja Jamal participated as a panelist under “Session 1: Regional Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and Exchanges of Best Practices between Europe and Asia”. He particularly covered one dimension of security: regional confidence and security-building measures, a recurring theme for the OSCE Asian Partnership.