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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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The Embassy of Afghanistan in Vienna joins in celebrating America’s Memorial Day

We join our American friends in observing Memorial Day, honoring the brave American women and men who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our countries and freedom. They volunteered and answered the call to service for us to be free of harm and full of democratic opportunities. Afghanistan’s achievements over the past decade would not have been possible without their strong support. Their selfless commitment will never be forgotten by the people and government of Afghanistan.

God bless America, God bless Afghanistan.

UN Secretary General’s Special Representative Offers Condolences to President Karzai for Tragic Natural Disaster in Badakhshan Province

Karzai and Kubis

 

President Hamid Karzai met with Jan Kubis, the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

The meeting was held at the Presidential Palace where on behalf of the United Nations Office, Mr. Kubis offered his condolences and sympathies to President Karzai and the people of Afghanistan for the tragic natural disaster  in Badakhshan province.

He noted that the UN agencies and other international relief organizations have started cooperation and assistance for people affected and displaced as a result of the recent landslides in that province.

President Karzai then thanked Special Representative Jan Kubis and the international community for their sympathies and assistance.

The President said that for further effectiveness of assistance, the international community should help the affected families in coordination with the Afghan government.

Source: http://president.gov.af/en/news/32303

 

 

Ambassador Erfani’s condolence message for the victims of the landslides in Badakhshan province

The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna offers its condolences to the families of the victims of the landslide in Badakhshan

 

Vienna, 5 May 2014

H.E. Ambassador Ayoob M. Erfani and all staff members of the Afghan Embassy & Permanent Mission in Vienna offer their heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the 2,500 victims of the Badakhshan landslides. The terrible pair of landslides that struck Argo district in Badakhshan province on May 2, 2014, has marked the date as one of the saddest days in Afghanistan’s history. We are shocked by this disaster and deeply grieved by the incredible loss of life.

 

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The Embassy & Permanent Mission of Afghanistan mourns the victims of a terrible landslide

Major disaster struck the Afghan northern province of Badakhshan on Friday. After an initial landslide which resulted in the loss of 117 lives, a second landslide occurred, which is feared to have buried more than 2,000 people.

President Hamid Karzai has offered his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims. The President has ordered recovery efforts and immediate assistance to the areas affected by the catastrophe. A high-ranking Government delegation is travelling to the province. According to the United Nations, more than 350 bodies have been recovered thus far.

Rescue teams were sifting through the mud which had buried hundreds of homes, when part of a mountain collapsed following torrential rains. Tragically, this second mudslide killed early responders to the scene. Nonetheless, people from surrounding districts and provinces continue to rush to the area to help with the rescue.

Due to the sheer size of the affected area and its remote location, heavy machinery and modern equipment will be desperately needed in the rescue.

For further information regarding possible assistance or donations,
please contact the Embassy & Permanent Mission:
embassy@afghanistan-vienna.org