The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna celebrated the National Day, the 99th anniversary of the restoration of Afghanistan’s independence, with a reception hosted at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. The anniversary celebrations commenced with the playing of the national anthems of Austria and Afghanistan. An opening statement was made by H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel and Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Director General of ICMPD.
Ambassador Ebrahimkhel in her statement welcomed those in attendance, including Ambassadors and diplomats; Dean and Executive Secretary of IACA H.E. Martin Kreutner; representatives from the United Nations organizations and the OSCE; members of the Austrian Parliament, guests from Austrian Federal Ministries and institutions, Municipality of Vienna and Afghan community in Austria. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel recalled the priority of fostering excellent relations with the beautiful host country Austria. She also acknowledged the great achievements Afghan citizens have made here in Austria and motivated them to further contribute to the relations between the two countries. The diaspora plays a crucial role in reciprocally stimulating the relations between Austria and Afghanistan.
Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Director General of ICMPD, commended the excellent work of Ambassador Ebrahimkhel and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna. He welcomed Afghanistan’s continued efforts to provide education and opportunities and to empower the young people of Afghanistan to actively contribute in the stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan. He also stressed the importance of informing the young population and managing their expectation when leaving the country. In this regard the first Migrant Resource Centre opened in Afghanistan by ICMPD and the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations.
The celebration for Afghan’s National Day continued with the opening of the traditional Afghan dinner buffet to the guests and with the playing of traditional music by the prominent Afghan cultural activist and musician, Mr. Bakhtiar.