Trilateral cooperation between Japan, Russia and UNODC to support counter narcotics efforts of Afghanistan
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Afghanistan, Japan and the Russian Federation signed a declaration today, giving an overview of the past achievements and highlighting the new development of the Trilateral Cooperation between UNODC, Japan and Russia to support counter narcotics efforts of the Government of Afghanistan.
The successful partnership, which is contributing to enhancing the interdiction efforts and regional cooperation, has proven to be among good practices under the principle of common and shared responsibility for addressing and countering the world drug problem. This cooperation was initiated in September 2012 with the delivery of counter narcotics training provided to law enforcement officials from Afghanistan and its neighbouring countries of Central Asia, conducted at the All-Russian Advanced Training Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation, or the “Domodedovo Training Centre” with the financial and technical support of Japan.
At the signing ceremony UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said: “It is a much needed example of cooperation rooted in shared responsibility to address common challenges, and support Afghanistan and the wider region to confront drug threats to security, development and health. We look forward to further advancing UNODC’s work with you through the declaration we are signing today.”
The Trilateral Cooperation is further expanding with the recent launch of the new project on the establishment of a counter narcotics canine (K9) unit in Afghanistan in October 2018. The first activity of the K9 project commenced with a training course for the administrative staff of the future unit to be established in Kabul, which was conducted at the Rostov Dog Training School for Operations and Search Activity of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation with the financial support of Japan.
Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, the Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations in Vienna, highlighted that: “Establishing effective detection tools, such as the highly specialized canine (K9) Unit, will greatly enhance law enforcement interventions and interdiction efforts in Afghanistan. Afghanistan greatly appreciates this generous support.”
Canberra, 6 November 2018
H.E Ms. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan along with Mr. Hassan Sorrosh, Head of Economic Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan took part at the OSCE Asian Conference hosted by the Government of Australia on 5-6 November in Canberra, Australia.
The conference was attended by high-level delegates from the OSCE Secretariat, Participating States, the Asian Partners for Cooperation, as well as representatives from the Embassies and Permanent Missions based in Canberra. In her speech Ambassador Ebrahimkhel emphasized the important role of women in promoting economic development and social welfare. She stated that regional connectivity and trade facilitation within the context of regional co-operation is the main pillar of Afghanistan’s foreign policy and called upon broader regional co-operation with a view to enhancing the role of women and enabling them to participate in security, social and economic activities in Afghanistan, the OSCE region and beyond. In this context, a women’s economic empowerment component has been recently integrated into the agenda of the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) with a view to facilitate market access for women from Afghanistan and the region at both, the regional and the international level.
Mr. Soroosh contributed to the 2nd session of the conference focusing on Trade Facilitation and highlighted the recent bilateral and trilateral trade initiatives and agreements between Afghanistan, Central and South Asia. He also emphasized the regional economic cooperation as an important tool to enhance peace and security in the OSCE region and beyond. Overall, the Asian Conference in Canberra provided fruitful discussions and valuable insights on common opportunities and challenges for the OSCE region and beyond.
H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Presents Credentials to H.S.H. Hereditary Prince Alois of Liechtenstein
Today, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to His Serene Highness Hereditary Prince Alois of the Principality of Liechtenstein at the Vaduz Castel. This marked the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Principality of Liechtenstein and the starting point of her tenure as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Liechtenstein.
H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed H.E. President Ghani’s strong commitment for enhancing the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Liechtenstein and pledged her full cooperation. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude for the continued support provided by Liechtenstein in the past years and its commitment to international solidarity. Primarily within the framework of the International Humanitarian Cooperation and Development (IHCD), the Liechtenstein Development Service (LED) is responsible for bilateral development cooperation and reducing the gap between countries and regions with different development levels.
H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel also expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) in holding events in Vienna on Afghanistan and for carrying out a long-term development and capacity building project entitled “Afghanistan and the Region”. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel looks forward to establishing strong bilateral relations with Liechtenstein a country with respect for Human Rights and with a commitment to global peace and security.
Afghanistan’s Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled attends Vienna Migration Conference 2018
Afghanistan’s Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled attends Vienna Migration Conference 2018
Vienna, October 19, 2018
This week, H.E. Faizullah Zaki, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan visited Vienna to participate in the Vienna Migration Conference 2018, hosted by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) from 18-19 October 2018 at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.
Joining more than 300 participants, including high level political decision makers, government experts, academia, media and civil society, H.E. Faizullah Zaki participated in high-level political panels, highlighting the importance of partnerships in the field of migration. Minister Zaki acknowledged the European countries for hosting thousands of Afghans in their countries. He explained the Afghan government’s policies regarding migration management and the achievements obtained in this end. Moreover, He pointed out the causes of irregular migration and suggested creation of legal channels for regular migration.
H.E. Minister Zaki, in the sideline of the conference, hold a bilateral meeting with H.E. Dr. Michael Spindelegger, Director General of ICMPD to discuss the policies of the government of Afghanistan regarding labor migration. Furthermore an MoU was signed between H.E. Minister Zaki and H.E. Dr. Michael Spindelegger for strengthening relations, promoting strategic partnership and enhancing the active cooperation between the Ministry and the Center in the field of Migration governance.
H.E. Minister Zaki was accompanied by Mr. Khyber Farahi Senior Advisor to H.E President of Afghanistan, Mr. Abdul Raqib Wahabzada, head of external affairs of the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled of Afghanistan, and representatives of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna, who actively participated in the exchange of ideas and fruitful debates.
On the occasion of the visit of H.E. Minister Zaki and his delegation, a reception was hosted by H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel, Ambassador of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan at the Embassy’s premises.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna Celebrates the 99th Anniversary of the Restoration of Independence of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
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.
The first Friends of RECCA meeting was co-organized today by the RECCA Secretariat and the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna with the participation of ambassadors and representatives from regional countries and international organizations based in Vienna.
The meeting was opened by H.E. Khojesta Fana EbrahimKhel followed by a presentation on RECCA by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Director General for Economic Cooperation from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel spoke about the importance of regional economic cooperation and the role that Afghanistan-centered regional cooperation platforms paly in promoting regional cooperation and integration in the wider region. She referred to the inclusion of a women’s economic empowerment component into RECCA’s agenda and expressed hope that more regional activities in this area would be developed in the future.
Mr. Soroosh presented an overview of the vision, objectives, priority projects as well as the new approach under RECCA. He highlighted the importance of Friends of RECCA meetings and expressed hope that these meetings will be held in Vienna on a regular basis.
The meeting continued with questions and interventions by the participants and a discussion on the way forward.
The Friends of RECCA meetings are held in major capitals across the world as opportunities for sharing updates and exploring areas of collaboration and coordination between the ambassadors and diplomats from the RECCA regional and partner countries and organizations with respect to priorities under RECCA.
The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna along with the Austrian Mission at the OSCE Co-chaired the Asian Contact Group Meeting on “Regional Connectivity, Trade Facilitation, and Women Empowerment” at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna.
In this meeting, panelists shared their views and comprehensive presentations on Regional cooperation, inter-linking regional platforms for promoting trade and regional connectivity as well as empowering the role of women in the social, economic and political sector.
Today, the Head of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Permanent/Resident Representative to the United Nations and other International and Regional Organizations in Vienna, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel paid a visit to the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, within the framework of her official visit to Kyrgyzstan. Ms. Indira Satarkulova, the Academy’s Deputy Director, introduced the Academy’s main goals, programmes and activities. Madam Ambassador expressed a great interest in the Academy’s activities and highlighted the importance of the OSCE Academy for the region and Afghanistan in particular. The introduction was followed by the meeting with current students and alumni from Afghanistan.
The OSCE Academy has accepted students from Afghanistan since 2008. The total number of Afghan alumni reached 45. Currently, there are 10 students enrolled in both MA Programmes and 12 more students are accepted for the next academic year.