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The Delegation of Afghanistan takes part in the 62nd Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND),

17 March 2019, H.E. Idrees Zaman , Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan leading high-level delegates from Afghanistan attended the 62nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime held on March 14-15, 2019, at the headquarter of UNODC in Vienna, Austria.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Heinz Fischer former President of Austria and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre and Ms. Viola Christian, Program and Organizational Associate

Tuesday 5th March 2019, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Heinz Fischer former President of Austria and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre and Ms. Viola Christian, Program and Organizational Associate for the Ban Ki-Moon Centre.

In this meeting, a wide array of topics were discussed and key areas of focus were identified. Dr. Fischer attached great importance to the rule of women in the society and identified women empowerment programs as an extremely important tool for social and economic development in Afghanistan. He also gives an update on Ban Ki-Moon Centre’s WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROGRAM-ASIA which is scheduled to take place in September 2019 where a group of five Afghan women is invited to take part from Afghanistan.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude to Ban Ki-Moon Centre for providing such kind of opportunities to Afghan women in their programs and initiatives, and stated that there is great potential for future joint action and co-operation through on going partnership in development projects. In light of this, the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna will continue to follow-up the issues discussed in the meeting and to strengthened and expand the co-operation framework in the future.

Visit of Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel to Linz, Austria

28 Februrary2019, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel had received an invitation by State Minister Rudi Anschober, in charge of Integration, Environment, Climate Protection and Consumer Protection in Upper Austria, to participate in a day-long Conference concerning Afghan citizens in Linz.

In the morning, the Ambassador had a fruitful meeting with the Mayor of Linz, Mr. Klaus Luger. During the meeting, a number of joint initiatives were contemplated in the area of health and education to foster relations and collaboration between the City of Linz and the City of Kabul and a follow-up meeting will be organized in the near future.

Mr. Anschober invited the Ambassador and her colleagues to visit two Austrian companies, ABC Dachlackierer- & Maler GmbH and TopRein Gebäudereinigungs-und Handels GmbH, which together have hired a total of five enthusiastic Afghan apprentices. They are the living example of a good integration of Afghan citizens into Austria. The Ambassador was really proud of their achievements and was pleased to hear that the owners of the company were highly satisfied with their performance.

Thereafter, during a visit to an Asylum-Seeker Quartier, which offered a home to 30 Afghan citizens, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked the primary care quarter team for their support and continued dedication in helping Afghan refugees and pledged her personal and the Embassy’s support in providing assistance whenever required.

In the evening, the Ambassador participated in a Conference on Afghanistan with the strong motto ‘Wir sind Oberösterreich’ (We are Upper Austria), outlined in her speech to the audience of the Conference the bilateral relations which so happily exist between the two countries and thanked Austria for its continued support for Afghanistan and Afghan refugees. She further stressed that Afghanistan should not be perceived in a development context only, but should be recognized also in terms of holding significant economic, trade and investment opportunities. Afghanistan is located on the Eurasian land bridge and possesses a key strategic geographical position connecting Central and South Asia and leading to Europe. Afghanistan has the potential to serve as an important hub for regional and inter-regional trade, transit, and transport. She concluded by saying that ‘We have good prospects in Afghanistan and you are invited to participate in realizing them, at the toehold of the Eurasian land bridge at the heart of Asia’.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude to State Minister Anschober and Upper Austria for the integration efforts established in Linz for the Afghan refugees.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Mr. Gerald TATZGERN, head of the Central Unit for Combating Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking of the Criminal Intelligence Service Austria.

 

Friday 1st March 2019, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Mr. Gerald TATZGERN, head of the Central Unit for Combating Human Smuggling and Human Trafficking of the Criminal Intelligence Service of Austria. In this meeting they discussed their respective efforts in combating human smuggling and trafficking and delved deep into further potential areas for joint cooperation, as combating this harmful practice that destroys to many lives is of grave importance.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel said that the integration process is very crucial for the engagement of new arrivals into society and both sides conversed, outlining the different and varied strategies necessary for comprehensive success of the integration process. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also emphasised that the harmful activities of a limited number of individuals should not be allowed to harm and impair the narrative and perception of a whole community and nation.

As the meeting concluded Ambassador Ebrahimkhel was given a tour around the Joint Operation Office, and expressed gratitude and wished the unit continued success in their on going work.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Hubert Fuchs, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Austria.

February 26, 2019. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Hubert Fuchs, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Austria. In this meeting both side discussed wide range of issues of mutual interest comprising Investment in Afghanistan, Austrian development projects and the expansion of future framework for deepening bilateral relationship.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the Reception on the Occasion of the 56th Anniversary of the Elysée Treaty hosted by H. E. Mr. Gerhard Küntzle, Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany, and H. E. Mr. Jean-Louis Falconi, Permanent Representative of the Republic of France

To celebrate the Treaty of Aachen, the Permanent Representatives of France and Germany in Vienna jointly hosted a reception, welcoming representatives from other Permanent Missions and the international organizations based in Vienna.

French President Emmanuel Macron and Chancellor Angela Merkel signed a new friendship treaty that is designed to deepen and enlarge the Franco-German bilateral relations, as France and Germany marked the 56th anniversary of the Elysee Treaty.

Afghanistan shares the same ideals when it comes to the value and preservation of diplomacy and multilateralism, one of the main priorities of our foreign policy.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Andrea Holz-Dahrenstead of Child and Youth Association in Salzburg to explore new areas of cooperation and development programs for Afghan youths and children.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the New Year Reception hosted by H.E. Alexander Van der Bellen the Federal President of the Republic of Austria in honor of the head of Diplomatic Missions in Vienna.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the New Year Reception hosted by H.E. Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein in honor of the head of of Diplomatic Missions.

Empfang für das Diplomatische CorpsDonnerstag, 10. Januar 201910.30 UhrSchloss Vaduz

 

Empfang für das Diplomatische CorpsDonnerstag, 10. Januar 201910.30 UhrSchloss Vaduz

 

Ambassador Khojasta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Margareta Griessler-Hermann, International Advisor to the Mayor of Vienna

Today, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Dr. Margareta Griessler-Hermann, International Advisor and deputy to Mayor of Vienna to discuss Afghan migrants living in Vienna and to establish a twinning of Austrian and Afghan cities.

In this meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked the government of Austria for hosting Afghan Migrants and in particular expressed her gratitude to the Vienna Municipality for providing immense aid and assistance such as; education, healthcare and integration programs for those Afghan migrants living in Vienna. Refereeing to the tense security situation ambassador Ebrahimkhel stated that “Unfortunately, the Insecurity and instability in some part of Afghanistan and lack of social wellbeing forced many of my fellow Afghans to leave their homes – some of them moved to other places in Afghanistan while many others did not have this opportunity and had to leave to neighboring countries. Due to social and political pressure of two largest host countries of Afghan migrants, Iran and Pakistan, Afghan refugees then started to move towards Europe. We fully understand that such large numbers of refugees can be a burden to any of host countries and really thank them for their supports and humanitarian assistance”

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also expressed her desire to establish new areas of bilateral cooperation in businesses, culture and education and wished to connect one of Afghanistan’s big cities, Herat, Kabul or Jalalabad, with Vienna.