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President Karzai: Afghanistan’s Independence, Result of Afghans’ Sacrifice and Devotion

 

The 95th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence was celebrated today in a formal ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in which President Hamid Karzai and a number of other government and non-government officials and dignitaries including ministers, lawmakers, the presidential candidates, military officers, and foreign diplomats had participated.

To honor the 95th anniversary of Afghanistan independence retaken from the Britain, President Karzai laid a wreath at the Azadi Memorial minaret and prayed for those who fought for the noble cause.

Congratulating the historic day to the Afghan people, President Karzai said, “The restitution of Afghanistan independence is the result of sacrifices and devotions Afghans have paid.”

 

While accompanied to the press by both the presidential candidates, the President hoped that the elections process be concluded shortly.

President Karzai added: “The Afghans are impatiently looking forward to the result of their elections. The agreement by the candidates should protect the interests of our people and the nation to have a government in which no one feels left out.”

Stressing on the importance of independence, the President said, “Afghanistan independence has been the legacy of our ancestors, and we have protected this legacy.”

“Without any doubt, there are two national factors behind the freedom and dignity of our country, 1) the sacrifice and devotion of this nation, 2) the national unity and solidarity of our people,” added the President.

 

The President also stated that if we go 200 years back after the first Afghan-Anglo war, every single Afghan family has given a sacrifice for their homeland that has caused the honor and freedom for this land.

Insisting on the national unity, President Karzai urged, “As we have protected our independence and freedom at any cost, once again we all should joint hands in building and developing our country so that this country is not left behind in the global development caravan, but instead join this convoy and even get ahead of it.”

Ambassador Erfani’s National Day message

Dear colleagues, fellow Afghans and friends of Afghanistan,

On behalf of the Embassy and Permanent Mission, I would like to express my heartfelt congratulations for the 95th Anniversary of Afghanistan’s Independence.

Today we can be proud of our country, its successful achievements and remaining challenging, which we progress through in this Decade of Transformation.

Afghanistan has come a long way, from three decades of war, but has emerged strong and determined to stand united for freedom, democracy, stability and prosperity, through the dedication of our people and Government, and the continued support of the International Community.

We wish you all the best and enjoy the National Day celebrations.

 

Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani

Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan

 

Die Presse Artikel – “Ich war in Kabul viel freier als später in Innsbruck” Buchpraesentation von Heide Amato Koller

Heide Amato-Koller lebte als Kind in den Fünfzigern in Afghanistan. Nun schildert sie ihre durchaus schönen Erinnerungen in einem Buch.

   (DiePresse.com)

Mrs Amato-Koller signs one of her books.

Mrs Amato-Koller signs one of her books.

Es ist ein heißer Nachmittag in der afghanischen Botschaft in Wien. Der kleine Saal, geschmückt mit Kristallleuchtern und goldbraunen Vorhängen, füllt sich mit unterschiedlichsten Gästen – mit Männern in feinen Anzügen und Frauen mit Kopftüchern oder dunkler Langhaarfrisur. Eine etwas nervös wirkende grauhaarige Frau mit vielen Papiertüten in der Hand sticht aus dieser Menschenmenge hervor. Sie setzt sich zwischen den afghanischen Gesandten und den Botschafter hin und legt ein Buch auf den Tisch.

Fast 60 Jahre nach ihrer Kindheit in Kabul beschloss die Tirolerin Heide Amato-Koller ihre Erinnerungen in einem Buch zu verarbeiten. In der afghanischen Botschaft stellt die 72-Jährige „Kindheit in Kabul” erstmals vor. „Uns ist es wichtig, dass dieses Buch gerade zur Zeit großer Transformation von Afghanistan erscheint”, sagt der Botschafter Ayoob M. Erfani. „Wir sind froh, dass man über Afghanistan auch Positives hört, wie im Amato-Kollers Werk. Das sollte noch mehr gefördert werden.”

Dann beginnt die Autorin mit ein wenig unsicherer Stimme aus ihrem Buch zu lesen. „In Hall, unserem kleinem Dorf in Tirol,hat damals kaum jemand von Afghanistan gehört”, erinnert sie sich. „Sogar Lehrer konnten mir keine Auskunft über dieses Land geben.”

Das Buch umfasst mehrere Geschichten aus der Perspektive eines Kindes, als auch Briefe und Fotografien, die ihr Vater aufgenommen hat. Auch die wichtigsten historischen Ereignisse jener Zeit werden im Buch prägnant dargestellt. Das 100-seitige Werk erschien heuer im März im Eigenverlag. Beim Schreibprozess sei der anwesende „Ghostwriter” Mario Jandrokovic eine große Hilfe gewesen.

Angefangen hat die Geschichte mit der Bewerbung ihres Vaters für eine Stelle in Kabul. „Als Gymnasiallehrer hatte er in Tirol keine großen beruflichen Aussichten gehabt. Nach halbjährigen Vorbereitungen reisten wir endlich ab. Vom Mailand nach Karatschi mit Propellerflugzeug, dann quer durch Pakistan mit Zug, schließlich mit dem Auto über Chaiber- Pass nach Kabul.” Die langwierige Reise, auf der sie Nomadenvölker, Oasen und eine unerträgliche Hitze begegnet sind, klingt wie eine exotische Erzählung aus Tausendeine Nacht.

Ein Schaf auf der Ladefläche

In Afghanistan konnten sie jedoch nicht alleine herumreisen. Amato-Koller beschreibt den einzigen Ausflug, den sie mit ihrer afghanischen Freundin machen durfte als die beeindruckendste Erinnerung jener Jahre. „Durch den Kontakt mit meiner netten afghanischen Freundin konnte ich vom Alltag von einer Kabuler-Familie mehr miterleben als meine Eltern. Eines Tages durfte ich Isturei begleiten, als sie mit ihren Verwandten einen Ausflug in die Kabuler Umgebung machte. Ich staunte nicht schlecht, dass sich auf der Ladefläche des Autos auch ein Schaf befand….”

Ab und zu unterbricht sie sich entschuldigend und sagt, sie wird wirklich nur noch einen kurzen Aufsatz lesen. Später, in einem ein wenig privateren Gespräch, erklärt sie, das sei ihr erstes Buch. „Das Publikum ist für mich etwas ganz Neues. Ich bin gar nicht an diese Aufmerksamkeit gewöhnt!” Nachdem sie das Buffet mit afghanischen Spezialitäten eröffnet und sich die meisten Gäste neugierig um das Essen drängeln, darf sie sich wieder auf dem Sofa im Büro des Botschafters niederlassen.

Auf die Fragen, welche Sprache sie in Afghanistan gelernt hat und wie viel Kontakt sie mit den Einheimischen hatte, antwortet sie lächelnd: „Ich war in einer kleinen deutschen Privatschule, in der Deutsch und Englisch unterrichtet wurden. Wie gesagt, habe ich nur eine afghanische Freundin gehabt. Alles andere über Afghanistan und seine Einwohner habe ich von meinen Eltern erfahren.” Obwohl sie nicht wirklich reisen durften, verbindet Amato-Koller sehr positive Erinnerungen an jene Zeit. Es sei in den Fünfzigern für Frauen viel einfacher gewesen in die Schule zu gehen, zu studieren und in Kabul ohne männliche Begleitung Spaziergänge zu machen. „Ich war viel freier wie später in der Ursulinenschule (Anm.: Mädchengymnasium) in Innsbruck”, sagt sie schmunzelnd.

Die Frage, warum sie später nie mehr in Afghanistan war, kann sie sich selbst nicht beantworten. Zurzeit wäre es ihr aber zu gefährlich: Ich würde zwar natürlich gerne wieder nach Afghanistan fahren und das Land so sehen, wie es jetzt ist. Aber ich habe zu viele Bedenken”, sagt Amato-Koller und meint damit prekäre Sicherheitslage im Land. Afghanistan wünsche sie jedenfalls nur das Beste.

 

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Condolence message for the passing of H.E. Barbara Prammer, President of the Austrian National Council

On behalf of the Afghan people and government, I express my deepest condolences to the family of Her Excellency Barbara Prammer and to the people and government of Austria on the untimely loss of an outstanding leader who committed her life to the people of Austria and to important political matters of global significance.

 

Afghanistan remembers a proven friend of our country and a strong advocate of international cooperation, especially when it came to developing countries such as Afghanistan. In particular, the women of Afghanistan will always value her as a symbol of vigorous struggle for gender equality and universal women’s rights.

 

Let me reaffirm Afghanistan’s appreciation for the friendship between our two countries and our two peoples. As Austria bids farewell to the beloved Barbara Prammer, we join you in honoring her great commitment to her country.

 

Ambassador Ayoob Erfani

Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan

Vienna

Eid Mubarak, Roza wa Namaz Qabool from the Embassy of Afghanistan

Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

 

Dear Friends,

The holy month of Ramadan is slowly coming to an end, and Muslims from around the world are preparing for the Eid al-Fitr celebrations wherein feasts are enjoyed to break the fast. Afghans prepare for Eid by cleaning their homes, a practice which is called Khana Takani.

The celebrations begin with Eid prayers and wishing one another “Eid Mubarak, Roza wa Namaz Qabool” which means “Blessed Eid”. After prayers, families visit their relatives and friends, and family elders give money and gifts to children.

Children in Afghanistan celebrate Eid

Children in Afghanistan celebrate Eid


Kids also walk from home to home saying “Khala Eidet Mubarak,” where they receive cookies or Pala. Unique to Afghanistan are egg fights in which men gather in parks with hard-boiled eggs, each trying to crack the others’ eggs.


Eid means happiness, forgiveness and generosity.

May Allah bless you and your loved ones.

Have a blessed Eid.

Enjoy a blessed Eid.

 

Enjoy a blessed Eid. Best wishes,

The Embassy team.

Afghanistan gains membership of the ISO

Afghanistan became a member of the International Organization For Standardization (ISO)

ISO membership is a major achievement for the government of Afghanistan. Afghanistan previously had the correspondent membership of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Afghanistan did not have the right to vote for the policies of the organization in the past. International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a network of national standard bodies which was founded earlier in 1947.

ISO members are the foremost standards organizations in their countries and there is only one member per country, to represent ISO in its country.

The ISO is an international standard-setting body composed of representatives from various national standards organizations.

News from Afghanistan – The Afghan National Cricket team wins against Zimbabwe

Zadran blasts Afghanistan to famous ODI win over Zimbabwe
AfgZim

Reuters | 23-Jul-2014 11:12 AM

Dawlat Zadran hit 24 runs from seven balls to help Afghanistan to a two-wicket one-day international win over Zimbabwe on Tuesday, only the second time the war-torn country has beaten a Test-playing nation.

The victory at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo followed a 32-run victory over Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in March, and leaves the series 2-1 in Zimbabwe’s favour with one match remaining.

Zadran hit four sixes as he reached his highest ODI score, helping his side chase down their target of 262 with two wickets and two balls remaining. Opener Javed Ahmadi top-scored with 56.

Afghanistan looked as though they would fall well short of their target until they took 25 from the 46th over bowled by Zimbabwe spinner Sikandar Raza, Zadran securing the win in the final over with a six off Shingi Masakadza.

Zimbabwe reached 261 for eight in their 50 overs, with Hamilton Masakadza hitting 84 and skipper Brendan Taylor amassing 53.

The final match will be played at the same venue on Thursday.

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan condemns the terrorist attack in Paktika province

Vienna, 16 July 2014

Scenes of devestation at the site of the terrorist attack in Paktika province.

Scenes of devestation at the site of the terrorist attack in Paktika province.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna vehemently condemns the criminal terrorist attack in the Argun district of Paktika province on 15 July 2014 which has taken many innocent lives, including those of children, and has left many of the civilian population injured.

We consider these terrorist acts to be crimes against humanity and we offer our condolences to the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives.

No such terrorist attacks will deter the Afghan people in their commitment to achieving a stable and prosperous Afghanistan and the Government of Afghanistan will not stand for such abhorrent actions.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, along with representatives of the Afghan community residing in Austria, will hold a Duha and Khatm-e-Quran on Monday, 21 July 2014 on the Embassy premises, to mourn the loss and grieve for the victims of this heinous terrorist attack, which has occurred during the holy month of Ramadan.

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G-77 + China celebrates their 50th Anniversary

G-77 + China  Group of Ambassadors

G-77 + China
Group of Ambassadors

Photo of the G-77 +China Ambassador’s on the opening day of the week-long 50th Anniversary celebrations

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Presidential Candidate, Abdullah Abdullah

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Presidential Candidate, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Afghan Presidential candidate, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, and his team, which took place today in western Kabul.

 

We express our heartfelt condolences to those who fell victim to the attack, including those persons who were killed and the dozens who were injured in the two blasts.

 

As was proved in the first round, such cowardly attacks by the enemies of Afghanistan, intent on destroying our budding democracy and on instilling fear into the Afghan people, will not deter our people from marking this first democratic transition of power to a new President in the history of Afghanistan. The Afghan people are determined to sustain the achievements made in partnership with the International Community over the past thirteen years, including the democratic achievements which will culminate in the June 14 run-off.

 

The Afghan Government is working hard to ensure that those involved and those behind the attacks will be punished for their terrorist acts.

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