On the occasion of the 100th National Day, the Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel talked with SOCIETY publisher Gertrud Tauchhammer and pointed out the very good relations between Austria and Afghanistan and the importance of the Society Magazine as a platform for sharing information on the diversities and culture of Afghanistan.
Fostering the excellent relations with the beautiful host country Austria is certainly a priority for the Embassy and SOCIETY provides one of the many links between the Austrian and Afghan citizens.
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The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna hosted an event celebrating the 100 years anniversary of independence of Afghanistan. The event commenced with the national anthems of Austria and Afghanistan and a statement was made by Ms. Soraya Malek, the granddaughter of King Amanullah. She warmly welcomed the audience and highlighted in her speech that “the memory of Amanullah, the King that attempted to modernize and reform the country—and who paid the consequences for his efforts—is still limpid, undisputed and a source of great inspiration.”
Referring to the 100 years Anniversary of the Independence of Afghanistan, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel highlighted that the National Day is not only a date for us but a new commitment for contribution and the right time to thank friends and allies for their friendship, support, and cooperation.
As a token of appreciation for everyone that is involved and has a passion for Afghanistan, a photo exhibition, a fashion show of typical Afghan costumes, and a traditional Afghan dinner buffet were presented.
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.
1 April 2019, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel accompanied by Mr. Azizurahman Safawi Consular of the Embassy pay visit to Salzburg in order to attend a Migration Dialogue where Ambassador Ebrahimkhel was invited to deliver a speech on Afghan migrants and asylum seekers in Austria. This was later followed by a plenary discussion with Dr. Andrea Holz-Dahrenstaett, Youth and Child Lawyer and Dr. Josef Mautner, founder and member of Platform for Human Rights (Plattform für Menschenrechte).
The event was organized by the Bildungszentrum St. Virgil and the Integration Department of the Government of Salzburg. The meeting was attended by government representatives, including State Councillor Andrea Klambauer, and by more than 200 lawyers, students, professors and academics from different Universities and NGOs.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel outlined in her speech the bilateral relations which so happily exist between the two countries and thanked Austria for its continued support for Afghanistan and Afghan refugees. She further stated that the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna is always eager to provide the best services to Afghan migrants and asylum seekers in Austria. Serving the needs of migrants have always been the highest priority in our work, therefore we have established a legal platform within the Embassy to fully monitor the implementation of the Joint Way Forward agreement, which indicates the obligation of both sides dealing with migrants and deportees. We will make sure that in the overall asylum seeking and deportation processes the agreement and other international legal and humanitarian norms and principles are observed. Nonetheless, we also share no sympathy to those Afghan migrants detained and convicted for criminal and illegal actives in Austria. In these cases we are always ready to work with the Austrian Ministry of the Interior to help with deportation process.
The next day, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel was invited to visit the Berufsförderungsinstitut (BFI) Salzburg, an educational institution of the Salzburg Chamber of Labor that allows its customers a low-threshold, broad and attractive access to vocational education and training. Mr. Werner Pichler, Director of BFI Salzburg, and Mr. Wolfgang Schick, Head of Section Youth, Generations, Integration of the Office of the Salzburg Provincial Government, gave a presentation of the BFI and opportunities for Afghan people in Salzburg. Afterwards, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel met the many Afghans present at the BFI, who are engaged or have completed various training courses.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her thanks for the warm welcome in beautiful Salzburg and the interesting exchange, which will be deepened in the near future.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the New Year Reception hosted by H.E. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein in honor of the head of of Diplomatic Missions.
The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna participated in the 16th Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on Their Destruction, held in Vienna from 18-21 December 2017.
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