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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.
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.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presents the statement of Afghanistan on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
Today, the Head of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Permanent/Resident Representative to the United Nations and other International and Regional Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, attended the the 46th session of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented the statement on the item of gender equality and the empowerment of women in UNIDO. During the intervention, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, welcomed the progress made by the Secretariat in the implementation of UNIDO gender parity action plan.
Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commends UNIDO’s progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. Enhancing the role of women as drivers of poverty reduction, promoting female innovators and entrepreneurs, and recognizing the link between gender equality and safeguarding the environment directly contribute to SDG 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, and to SDG 5 on gender equality.
Afghanistan, as the newly official member of Group of Friends for Women in Nuclear, is committed to the Secretariats’ continued efforts to achieve gender parity in the staffing of both the IAEA and UNIDO.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, as part of her pledge as International Gender Champion, reiterated her full commitment to the empowerment of women and to gender equality, and will undertake significant contributions to prevent violence and abuse against women.
Tuesday 27 November 2018- Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met her counterpart Ambassador Jackie Wolcott, U.S, Ambassador to the UN in Vienna. They had detailed discussions on issues of mutual interests, including peace negotiations and the ongoing efforts of the Government of Afghanistan in preserving the overall development and achievement of past several years in particular the women’s role in peace talks with the Taliban. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also attached great importance to the role of the U.S in Countering Terrorism and Narcotics and thanked the U.S for supporting Afghanistan within all UN mandates including CTBTO, UNODC and, IAEA.
Trilateral cooperation between Japan, Russia and UNODC to support counter narcotics efforts of Afghanistan
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Afghanistan, Japan and the Russian Federation signed a declaration today, giving an overview of the past achievements and highlighting the new development of the Trilateral Cooperation between UNODC, Japan and Russia to support counter narcotics efforts of the Government of Afghanistan.
The successful partnership, which is contributing to enhancing the interdiction efforts and regional cooperation, has proven to be among good practices under the principle of common and shared responsibility for addressing and countering the world drug problem. This cooperation was initiated in September 2012 with the delivery of counter narcotics training provided to law enforcement officials from Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries of Central Asia, conducted at the All-Russian Advanced Training Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, or the “Domodedovo Training Centre” with the financial and technical support of Japan.
At the signing ceremony UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “It is a much needed example of cooperation rooted in shared responsibility to address common challenges, and support Afghanistan and the wider region to confront drug threats to security, development and health. We look forward to further advancing UNODC’s work with you through the declaration we are signing today.”
The Trilateral Cooperation is further expanding with the recent launch of the new project on the establishment of a counter narcotics canine (K9) unit in Afghanistan in October 2018. The first activity of the K9 project commenced with a training course for the administrative staff of the future unit to be established in Kabul, which was conducted at the Rostov Dog Training School for Operations and Search Activity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation with the financial support of Japan.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Vienna, highlighted that: “Establishing effective detection tools, such as the highly specialized canine (K9) Unit, will greatly enhance law enforcement interventions and interdiction efforts in Afghanistan. Afghanistan greatly appreciates this generous support.”
Canberra, 6 November 2018
H.E Ms. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan along with Mr. Hassan Sorrosh, Head of Economic Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan took part at the OSCE Asian Conference hosted by the Government of Australia on 5-6 November in Canberra, Australia.
The conference was attended by high-level delegates from the OSCE Secretariat, Participating States, the Asian Partners for Cooperation, as well as representatives from the Embassies and Permanent Missions based in Canberra. In her speech Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized the important role of women in promoting economic development and social welfare. She stated that regional connectivity and trade facilitation within the context of regional co-operation is the main pillar of Afghanistan’s foreign policy and called upon broader regional co-operation with a view to enhancing the role of women and enabling them to participate in security, social and economic activities in Afghanistan, the OSCE region and beyond. In this context, a women’s economic empowerment component has been recently integrated into the agenda of the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) with a view to facilitate market access for women from Afghanistan and the region at both, the regional and the international level.
Mr. Soroosh contributed to the 2nd session of the conference focusing on Trade Facilitation and highlighted the recent bilateral and trilateral trade initiatives and agreements between Afghanistan, Central and South Asia. He also emphasized the regional economic cooperation as an important tool to enhance peace and security in the OSCE region and beyond. Overall, the Asian Conference in Canberra provided fruitful discussions and valuable insights on common opportunities and challenges for the OSCE region and beyond.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Presents Credentials to H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein
Today, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of the Principality of Liechtenstein at the Vaduz Castel. This marked the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Principality of Liechtenstein and the starting point of her tenure as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Liechtenstein.
H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed H.E. President Ghani’s strong commitment for enhancing the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Liechtenstein and pledged her full cooperation. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude for the continued support provided by Liechtenstein in the past years and its commitment to international solidarity. Primarily within the framework of the International Humanitarian Cooperation and Development (IHCD), the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) is responsible for bilateral development cooperation and reducing the gap between countries and regions with different development levels.
H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) in holding events in Vienna on Afghanistan and for carrying out a long-term development and capacity building project entitled “Afghanistan and the Region”. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel looks forward to establishing strong bilateral relations with Liechtenstein a country with respect for Human Rights and with a commitment to global peace and security.