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Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Participates at the 1279th OSCE Meeting of the Permanent Council dedicated to the Review of OSCE Co-operation with OSCE Asian Partners for Co-operation

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel expressed high appreciation to Ambassador H.E. Mr. Igli Hasani and the Albanian Chairmanship for their initiative in dedicating a Permanent Council Meeting to the OSCE Asian Partners for Co-Operation. The Permanent Council Meeting was an opportunity to review the OSCE Cooperation with Asian Partners and to take stock and discuss our achievements as well as to collectively identify our common prospects.

Afghanistan appreciates the close relationship and partnership with the OSCE since being granted the status of partner State in the year 2003. This partnership has been continuously expanded and Afghanistan has greatly benefited from its engagement with the organization.

Afghanistan strongly believes in the relevance of a stronger OSCE’s partnership with Afghanistan. Afghanistan stands ready to further look into a more strategic approach to the OSCE’s co-operation with Afghanistan. Establishing more continuity and a more long-term strategic outlook in our relationship will help us achieve sustainable development and comprehensive security.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel commends the progress achieved so far by the Asian Partners for Co-operation group in the OSCE and Afghanistan is committed to develop and strengthen long-term cooperation with the OSCE.

Photo: Micky Kroell/OSCE.

Internship Announcement

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna is looking for a new intern for a period of 3-6 months. Undergraduate and graduate students who are interested to work in a diplomatic or Afghanistan-related area are strongly encouraged to apply. This opportunity will offer practical experience of working in an embassy, as well as exposure to Afghanistan’s current affairs and major intergovernmental bodies such as the OSCE and relevant UN agencies based in Vienna. Efforts will be made to match the intern to their particular field of interest.

Internships are available throughout the year on a part-time or full-time basis. Please note that no financial compensation is offered.

Main tasks:

  • Undertaking relevant research
  • Producing analytical reports on policies or developments related to Afghanistan
  • Attending and participating in relevant meetings and conferences in Vienna
  • Assisting with the everyday operations of the Embassy (e.g. drafting Note Verbales or speeches)

Requirements:

  • Excellent command of English. Additional language skills in German are very advantageous.
  • Keen interest in International Relations, especially, in regards to Afghanistan.
  • Previous work experience at a diplomatic or intergovernmental organization is beneficial.
  • The candidate should be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or Master’s programme.
  • Interested applicants from all academic backgrounds and nationalities are welcome to apply.

To apply for an internship, please forward the following to embassy@afghanistan-vienna.org

  • CV
  • Letter of Motivation (no longer than 1 page), including why you believe you would make a positive contribution to the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan, and also briefly relate your interest in this internship to your future career ambitions.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel participates in the Women Networking Conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the BANU Women’s Magazine

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel was invited as a High-Level Guest Speaker to the Women Networking Conference entitled “No Women, No Peace” commemorating the 20th anniversary of the BANU Women’s Magazine.

The panel discussion focused on the 20th anniversary of UN Resolution 1325, which calls for the equal participation of women around the world in peace negotiations and reconstruction. Relevant high-level representatives and women leaders from different international organizations, academia and civil society discussed the importance of women’s inclusion in the Peace Process in Afghanistan.

In her opening remarks, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel highlighted the commitment and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in securing women’s rights. She noted that this year we are commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Banu Magazine, the 20th anniversary of the Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security, together with the 5th anniversary of the adoption of the Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325, which recognizes the importance of women’s inclusion in the peace process.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel further emphasized that Afghanistan is giving huge importance in guaranteeing women’s rights in this peace process. The respect and protection of women’s rights is a red line of the Afghan government in peace negotiations, they will not be compromised. Women are the majority and moving reality and the reason of our optimism for the future of Afghanistan.

At the end of her speech, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conferred an award to the BANU Magazine Association for its 20th Anniversary and thanked its team for all their efforts and support. She highlighted that the Banu Women’s Magazine is much more than a magazine; it is a symbol of change, it is a great example of the achievements of the great women of Afghanistan.

H.E Mohammed Haneef Atmar Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic of the Republic of Afghanistan had a fruitful discussion with H.E Alexander Schallenberg  Federal Minister for European and International Affairs

H.E Mohammed Haneef Atmar Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic of the Republic of Afghanistan had a fruitful discussion with H.E Alexander Schallenberg  Federal Minister for European and International Affairs on the progress of Afghanistan Peace Process and our countries’ cooperations in the fields of development, education of doctors, training of diplomats and migration. Austria is one of our strong and valued allies.

 

پیام سفیر و نماینده دایمی جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان مقیم ویانا بمناسبت ارج گذاری 28 اسد روز استرداد استقلال کشور

پیام تبریکیه عید سعید اضحی

A Kind Farewell to OSCE Secretary General H.E. Thomas Greminger on the occasion of the completion of his tenure

On the occasion of the completion of H.E. Thomas Greminger’s term as OSCE Secretary General, let us express our deep gratitude for your excellent service. For the past years, you have guided the OSCE Secretariat with panache and enthusiasm and navigated the organization through challenging times.

You have initiated significant positive change within the organization and have sharpened the profile and international standing of the OSCE, while ensuring continuity. Under your able leadership of the Secretariat, the OSCE has raised its capacities across all three dimensions of the work of the OSCE. The partnership between the Asian Partners and the OSCE has steadily strengthened over the years and has proved to be essential in guaranteeing a comprehensive and sustainable security in the OSCE region.

We would like to express our gratitude for your personal support to Afghanistan.  You have been a true friend of Afghanistan and we thank you for supporting the many initiatives for our country. Afghanistan and its people will never forget what you have done for them. Our gratitude also goes to the OSCE Secretariat and distinguished colleagues from the External Cooperation’s teams for their continuous engagement and cooperation in strengthening our partnership with the OSCE.

We thank you for your hard work and commitment and wish you every success for your future endeavors.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with Mag. Elisabeth Wenger-Donig from the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior to talk about the bilateral work on migration issues

 

The Republic of Austria and the Republic of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan have a long-standing relationship in many areas and based on mutual respect, at the bilateral level, and within the framework of cooperation between Afghanistan and the European Union.

We particularly appreciate our strong cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior. It has always acted as a central and always reliable partner, also with regard to migration issues. Our longstanding and very constructive cooperation is characterized by a regular exchange at different levels.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel and Mag. Elisabeth Wenger-Donig had a very fruitful meeting on many issues of common interest, in particular, the topic of cooperation in migration issues and COVID-19 related support for Afghanistan was discussed.

We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with the Government of Austria.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Spain co-sponsor event on Expert Consultation on Model Provisions Regarding Victims of Terrorism

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel in her capacity of the Co-Chair of the Group of Friends of Victims of Terrorism co-sponsored the event on Expert Consultation on Model Provisions Regarding Victims of Terrorism together with Spain. H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel virtually-delivered her opening remarks on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan emphasizing the commitment and the priorities of Afghanistan in combatting terrorism and protecting the rights of victims of terrorism.

In her remarks, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel stressed that peace and stability are the pre-requisites for sustainable development. There is no development without peace and we must make sure to achieve peace and stability in the globe. Today the threat of terrorism and extremism have negatively impacted the lives of people globally and specifically in Afghanistan. The loss of civilians in barbaric terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and all over the world tells us that terrorism does not recognize borders or boundaries and we must all stand against those enemies that threaten the lives of our civilians and innocent people. Also, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized that addressing the growing links between terrorism, narcotics and other forms of organized crime should remain on top of our counter-terrorism agenda at all levels. She stated “the people of Afghanistan stand with you for a prosperous and peaceful world.”

The event served to map areas that could be covered by model legislative provisions regarding victims of terrorism. The event brought together a group of experts from governments, academia, victims associations, United Nations entities and other international organizations, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union High-Level Advisory Group on Countering Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Participants took part in the expert consultation in their individual expert capacity.

Ms. Razia Sayad, Commissioner of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) participated in the online expert consultation and to the Working Groups on Specific Areas of Potential Legislation.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, second vice-chair of the CCPCJ at its 29th session, addresses the integration segment of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel in her capacity as Second Vice-Chair of the 29th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) has been invited to participate in this year’s ECOSOC integration segment, as a panelist in the session on “Leaving no one behind in the context of COVID-19 and the decade of action and delivery”.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel states that in a time of this global unprecedented crisis, we should be guided first and foremost by the principle of “leaving no one behind”. The need for a coordinated and joint multilateral response to prevent and counter transnational crime has never been more compelling. It is essential that the international community takes a joint response to ensure that efforts in the area of crime prevention mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on vulnerable members of society.

Recovering from the pandemic offers a unique opportunity to revisit the existing inequalities in the current development model that feed marginalization, gender-based violence and trafficking in persons – and we should most certainly make full use of this opportunity.