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Afghanistan pays tribute to the late Director General Yukiya Amano

During a Board of Governors meeting held on Thursday 25 July 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana on behalf of the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan paid her respects to Director General Yukiya Amano, who passed away last week.

Director General Amano was a great advocator for security, nuclear non-proliferation regime and peaceful use of nuclear technologies to achieving a more peaceful world.

Afghanistan is grateful to IAEA, under the Director General Amano’s leadership, for its significant support to the country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Director General Amano’s family and friends.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana attends the 922nd Closing Session of the Forum for Security Co-operation under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana warmly welcomed H.E. Muzaffar Huseinzoda, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, to the closing session of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan. She commended the leadership Tajikistan, especially H.E. Idibek Kalandar, for the excellent efforts in chairing the OSCE Forum on Security Cooperation in these last months.

Tajikistan and Afghanistan have been connected for a long time and Afghanistan serves as a land bridge between Central and South Asia. Over recent months and years, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have stepped up their co-operation in a broad range of areas, both bilaterally and in the multilateral framework of the OSCE.

Both the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) further served as a catalyst towards increased collaboration between Tajikistan as OSCE participating State and Afghanistan as an OSCE Asian Partner for Co-operation.

The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna wishes all the best to the incoming Czech Republic FSC Chairmanship and looks forward to further cooperate in the political-military dimension of the OSCE.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna greatly welcomes new colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee to the team

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna greatly welcomes our new colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee to our team. Previously, Mr. Faruhee has worked in different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan. He has now started his new function as Second Secretary and will be responsible to cover all matters pertaining to the IAEA. The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan will greatly benefit from his knowledge and expertise. We wish him and his family all the very best for his stay here in Vienna.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna bids farewell to Mr. Alisadiq Akbari

Today, we bid farewell to Mr. Alisadiq Akbari who has keenly served the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna as Second Secretary from July 2016 to July 2019. His functions mainly focused around IAEA issues as well as other important and extensive functions including administrative and protocol functions.

In particular, we are grateful for Mr. Akbari’s efforts, within the IAEA’s framework, in supporting initiatives in the area of human health, in particular, the establishment of nuclear medicine centers in Afghanistan.

Mr. Akbari was not only an excellent diplomat but a dear friend. We deeply appreciate him for all his work and expertise from which the Embassy and Permanent Mission Afghanistan has greatly benefitted. We wish Mr. Akbari every success in his future endeavors. We will dearly miss him!

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana pays visit to Graz, Austria

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel paid a visit to Graz on 10 July 2019.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel had a fruitful meeting with the State Minister of Styria, Ms. Barbara Eibinger-Miedl. Both sides agreed in deepening further cooperation in the area health, education, economy and initiating a Partnership Agreement between the region of Styria and one of the cities in Afghanistan.

During her visit, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel had the chance to meet with City Councillor Mr. Kurt Hohensinner and Caritas Direktor Mag. Herbert Beiglböck. A number of joint projects were contemplated in the area of education and in supporting Afghan returnees from Austria.

The Ambassador also visited the premises of the Caritas organization, which currently employs three very well integrated Afghans. She was really proud of their achievements and was happy to see one of the many living examples of good integration between Afghan and Austrian citizens.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude to the City of Graz for its integration efforts established in Styria for the Afghan refugees.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presents Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia

On Thursday, 04 July 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia. This marked the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Slovenia and the starting point of her tenure as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Slovenia.

H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed H.E. President Ghani’s strong commitment for enhancing the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Slovenia and pledged her full cooperation to strengthen their friendly relations. The Republic of Slovenia was honored to have the first Afghan women Ambassador to their country.

Afghanistan is an important country for Slovenia, especially in the area of security. Slovenian High-Level representatives from the Ministry of Defense paid numerous visits to Afghanistan and a new visit is planned soon.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel spoke at length on the achievements of Afghanistan in the past 17 years.  The last years have delivered Afghanistan at the doorstep of peace. Afghanistan is giving huge importance in guaranteeing women’s rights in this process and reiterates its continued support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. Afghanistan is optimist about a prosperous future in the country.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Modern Slavery

On Friday 28 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting demonstrating Afghanistan’s commitment to fight human trafficking and modern slavery on domestic, regional and global levels.

The problem of human trafficking in human beings is not foreign to Afghanistan. As a victim of this global challenge, Afghanistan has made tremendous progress to tackle the challenge of trafficking of human beings. For the last one decade, Afghanistan supported by its partners in the international community, adopted national legislation, implemented regional and international legal instruments, created relevant institutions and law enforcement capacities at its borders and airports and became part of bilateral, regional and international mechanisms, to combat human trafficking.

Human trafficking is particularly prevalent in countries stricken by conflict and strife, especially those who continue to suffer at the hands of terrorists and extremists. The inextricable link between human trafficking and terrorism remains a serious source of concern, demanding urgent attention of the international community.

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with Ms. Ingeborg Geyer from the ZONTA International United Nations

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Ms. Ingeborg Geyer from the ZONTA International United Nations.

In their meeting, they discussed women empowerment issues and how the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan and ZONTA can promote ending child marriage.

Since 2001, Afghanistan has secured tremendous gains towards promotion and protection of human rights, particularly of women.

Afghanistan’s core efforts in advancing the rights of women are primarily based in the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325. As a result of all these efforts, women in Afghanistan are now writing history – they actively participate in civil society structures, as well as in politics and business. Today, many women are vibrant voices of society.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the Special Event of the 62nd Session of the CND devoted to the launch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Drug Report 2019

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the special event of the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the launch of the UNODC World Drug Report 2019.

Afghanistan thanked the UNODC and all its researchers’ team for their yet again excellent effort in preparing another detailed overview of the drug situation in the world, with the innovative idea of grouping drugs by their psychopharmacological effect.

Afghanistan acknowledges the World Drug Report as one of the most important sources aiming at improving our understanding of the world drug problem alongside some other very important reports such as European Drug Report 2019 from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which is a fantastic reliable source of data analysis.

In particular, Afghanistan values the efforts of the UNODC Research Team on increasing information on drug usage, contributing towards fostering greater international cooperation on countering the impact of the world drug problem on health.

Better understanding of drug problems is also needed. Research and analysis are necessary to inform policy and enable international cooperation around evidence-based solutions.

Afghanistan remains committed to supporting the work of UNODC and promote balanced, health- and rights-based approaches to drug challenges, building on the international drug control conventions, human rights obligations and the Sustainable Development Goals.

AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL MEETS WITH MS. GABRIELE HEINISCH-HOSEK, MEMBER OF THE PARLIAMENT (SPÖ)

On Tuesday 7 May 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Ms. Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, Member of the Parliament (SPÖ) and the chairwoman of the Social Democratic Women Movement.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel received Ms. Gabriele Heinisch-Hose at her office. The thematic of women empowerment in Afghanistan was taken into depth discussion. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel underlined that Women Empowerment is a key pillar of the Foreign Policy of Afghanistan, and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna likewise puts it as one of the main priorities of its strategic plan. Ms. Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek, who previously served as the Minister for Women Affairs welcomed the initiatives of the Government and the Embassy of Afghanistan in Vienna on women and pledged her support in that regard.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel further highlighted the recent developments and achievements in the area of Women Empowerment in Afghanistan. She stated that “today, women work together with men and are active agents of peace and change. Women are the majority and the moving reality for the future of Afghanistan. Furthermore, significant efforts to increase women’s participation in official peacebuilding initiatives and the peace process have been made. Afghan women will not go back to the Taliban’s dark era.”

During the meeting, they have agreed on a framework of cooperation to guide the future engagements and to strengthen collaboration on the issues discussed.