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The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna hosts a breakfast meeting of the Women Ambassadors in Wien

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Vienna, 20.05.2015

This morning, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, in conjunction with the Permanent Missions of Turkey, Pakistan and the European Union, hosted a breakfast meeting of the Women Ambassadors in Wien (WAW) on the occasion of the Vienna visit of H.E. Dilbar Nazari, Minister of Women’s Affairs in Afghanistan. The meeting was attended by a delegation of women from different bodies of the Afghan government, as well as many Vienna-based Permanent Representatives.

H.E. Ambassador Erfani opened the meeting by reaffirming the National Unity Government of Afghanistan’s commitment to the empowerment of women, and lauded the Women Ambassadors in Wien for their good work in Vienna. The Ambassador further welcomed the Minister and her delegation, stating that he looked forward to many productive meetings and events. He then opened the floor to Ms. Nazari who spoke on the role of women in Afghanistan and highlighted the progress being made in the area of women’s affairs.

 

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H.E. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani addresses NATO meeting of Foreign Ministers

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Vienna, 14.05.2015

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, H.E. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu hosts a meeting of Foreign Ministers of NATO countries and NATO partners in Antalya, Turkey, on 13 and 14 of May, under the chairmanship of NATO Secretary General, H.E. Jens Stoltenberg. The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan was also invited to attend and delivered a statement.
Yesterday, NATO Foreign Ministers decided to maintain a presence in Afghanistan after the end of the Resolute Support Mission. Mr. Stoltenberg stated that “our aim will be to advise and instruct the Afghan security institutions, to help them become self-sufficient, and to build on what we have achieved so far, as part of the broader international effort.”
Foreign Minister Rabbani in his address to NATO welcomed the commitment shown by the alliance towards Afghanistan and stated that: “We received assurance from all the NATO members that their support will continue to enhance the capability of the Afghan national security forces. In the coming years, they will be standing by the Afghan people”.
General John Campbell, Commander of Resolute Support Mission, and representatives from the United Nations, the European Union, Japan, and South Korea also participated.
Foreign Minister Rabbani also met NATO Secretary General Mr. Stoltenberg and held bilateral meetings with other Foreign Ministers at the margins of the conference to discuss in detail prospects of the future cooperation.
ISAF was established by UNSCR 2001 and concluded in December 2014, making the security transition to the Resolute Support Mission.

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President of Croatia, H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, visits Afghanistan

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Vienna, 14.05.2015

On May 10, both H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President, and H.E. Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chief Executive, met with Croatian President H.E. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović who was in Kabul with a high level delegation, discussing – inter alia – issues such as economy, health, social and cultural affairs, as well as further expansion of bilateral relations.

President Ghani highlighted Croatian cooperation toward peace and development in Afghanistan, and supporting Afghan security forces under the Resolute Support Mission. 50% of Croatian international assistance has been allocated to Afghanistan, President Ghani stated.

The Croatian President in her remarks called Afghanistan her second home, and commending the sacrifices of Afghan security forces and expressed her hope that these sacrifices will contribute to a prosperous and developed Afghanistan.

Speaking on the friendly and historic relations between Croatia and Afghanistan, President Grabar-Kitarović stated that the Comprehensive Long-term Partnership Agreement could be signed between the two countries in the near future.

Expressing full commitment to a secure, stable, prosperous and unified Afghanistan and reiterating the pledges made in Tokyo Conference, the Croatian President said that her country will continue supporting Afghanistan within the framework of the Resolute Support Mission, but also in the fields of girls and women education, vocational opportunities for women, and health.

 

The Croatian President also met with Afghanistan’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, who lauded the role of the Croatian troops in NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. H.E. the Chief Executive also stated that the National Unity Government is committed to use all available opportunities and to further strengthen the ties with the international allies of Afghanistan.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna also covers matters related to Croatia and enjoys excellent relations with Croatian government bodies and institutions.

 

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H.E. Ambassador Erfani invited to present Afghanistan’s prospects for the Decade of Transformation at the Albertina Rotary Club

 

 

 

 

Vienna, 06.05.2015

Today Ambassador Erfani was invited by the Albertina Rotary Club, an international service group, to give a presentation on Afghanistan. Speaking to a big number of Vienna based members the Ambassador expressed his appreciation for having the opportunity to talk at the occasion. He provided a brief background picture on the peaceful and also the wartime history of Afghanistan, and then focused on Afghanistan’s transition since 2002 and Afghanistan’s vision for a democratic future through the new Decade of Transformation (2015-2024).
Highlighting the improvements made since 2002, the Ambassador spoke of the areas in which progress has been made in the country, including in the areas of education, women’s participation, civil society, media, communication, institutions, security, foreign policy, infrastructure, and legislations. He pointed to these improvements as important signs of success for Afghanistan’s ongoing Decade of Transformation. The Ambassador further emphasized Afghanistan’s commitment, as well as that of its international partners, to consolidate on the current progress in response to the remaining and emerging challenges for a stable and prospering Afghanistan.
The Ambassador also engaged with the participants in an open discussion and responded to questions raised. He briefed the participants about the short, medium and long term economic visions of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan to reclaim the historic geographic role of Afghanistan, as a connecting bridge between Central Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, to enhancing trade, transit and investment opportunities. He called on the Rotary Club to continue their good work: “I can assure you that there are plenty of opportunities in the emerging market and economy of Afghanistan. At the same time, we still need the support of our international partners to build our capacities and implement our national priority programs (NPPs).”
Responding to a question from the audience about possible seizure of power of Daesh (“Islamic State”) terrorist group in Afghanistan, Ambassador Erfani acknowledged that the ongoing one year has been a difficult year for Afghanistan: “The drawdown of international forces, the completion of security transition to the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), Presidential and Provincial Councils elections and the first democratic transfer of power and the country. At the same time, the strong determination of the Afghan people for democracy and freedom through their participation in the last year’s elections, the visions and commitments of the National Unity Government of Afghanistan and the excellent performance of the capable Afghan National Security Forces against terrorists and enemies of the Afghan people, provide a guarantee that there is no chance for terrorist victory in Afghanistan, and we are confident that we will succeed in our goal for a stable and democratic Afghanistan, which is equally important for the regional and international peace and stability.”
Rotary International was formed in 1905 with the service-oriented aim of applying leadership and expertise to social issues to create lasting change. The club is made up of 1.2 million members, all working to improve their communities and the world.

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The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan is seeking new interns!

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan is now seeking interns for the late summer of 2015. Tasks and responsibilities of the position include: active participation in a large variety of formal and informal meetings (as required) and consultations at the international organizations of the UN and OSCE, working groups, seminars and conferences, to be followed by debriefing/reporting; monitoring of developments in both Austria and Afghanistan; assistance with the preparation for meetings, visits and conferences/seminars (background information, file preparation/brief, networking); drafting of notes and reports for the Embassy as well as the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Afghan authorities and other relevant actors.

Applicants should be fluent in English, enrolled in a relevant University degree program (international relations, security issues, international economics, law, political sciences, or related subjects) and under 30 years of age. Further desired qualifications included: experience in drafting reports, with emphasis on excellent synthesis capabilities and an eye for practical aspects; previous internship experience with international institutions would be an asset; proven analytical skills, team spirit and flexibility also great assets; other languages are highly valued (Farsi, Pashtu and/or German) ;Microsoft Office and other IT software; high-level of motivation and dedication.

The 3 month internship is full time and unpaid. No benefits, compensation, or guarantee of future employment are associated with this internship. The deadline for applications is June 5, 2015.

Interested students should submit a CV and letter of motivation to embassy@afghanistan-vienna.org

H.E. Ambassador Erfani briefs the international community in Vienna on Afghanistan’s counterterrorism achievements

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Vienna, 22.04.2015

Today the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan held a roundtable entitled “Briefing on the Joint Plan of Action 2014 – 2016 for the Implementation of Technical Assistance Activities to Support the Efforts of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the area of Preventing and Countering Terrorism” at the Vienna International Center, co-organized with the UNODC.  Ambassador Ayoob Erfani sat on the panel alongside Mr. Trevor Michael Rajah, Chief of the Terrorism Prevention Branch, and Ms. Dolgor Solongo, Officer in Charge of Implementation Support Section I. Opening the briefing, the Ambassador gave a talk on counterterrorism efforts and achievements in Afghanistan, as well as essential future steps for the country.

Highlighting the importance of combatting the global challenge of terrorism, Ambassador Erfani praised the international community for its support in Afghanistan. Speaking systemically, he pointed out the progress made on national, regional and international levels. With important legislative and institutional achievements made in Afghanistan, strong regional efforts via the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process, and accession to all relevant conventions and mechanisms, the country is working hard to improve the safety and security situation for the sake of its citizens.

Pointing to the many challenges ahead, the Ambassador commented on the importance of pursuing a comprehensive, integrated and balanced approach in combatting terrorism by addressing relevant socio-economic factors, including the impact of the narcotics trade on funding terrorist activity and the role which women have to play in this arena. The Ambassador expressed the National Unity Government of Afghanistan’s commitment to addressing all the challenges ahead and the support of the Afghan people for these efforts.

Ambassador Erfani was followed by Mr. Trevor Michael Rajah who commented on the achievements of the Joint Plan of Action and stated UNODC’s commitment to continuing to assist Afghanistan in the fight against terrorism. Concluding the presentations, Ms. Dolgor Solongo presented Ambassador Erfani with completed translations of the Financial Action Task Force Recommendations into Dari and Pashto.

In his concluding remarks, Ambassador Erfani thanked the friends and partners of Afghanistan in the audience, and called on the continued support of the international community going forward.

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