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Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel received ICMPD Regional Coordinator for Silk Routes Region

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met and congratulated Ms. Sedef Dearing the Regional Coordinator for Silk Routes Region of the International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD) on her new appointment as the Head of the Secretariat of the Budapest Process.

The Budapest Process is the ICMPD project which is very important and a priority for the mission of Afghanistan in Vienna.  Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her appreciation for continuous engagement and hoped to witness the next phase of the Budapest Process.

During the meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel highlighted the excellent and long-standing relations between ICMPD and the Government of Afghanistan. Afghanistan, like many other countries, counts the ICMPD as one of its stalwart supporters in the area of refugees and migration.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel was very pleased to hear the many achievements and positive experiences of ICMPD in carrying out two large projects in Afghanistan, namely “Improving Migration Management in the Silk Routes Countries” and “Integrated Border Management in the Silk Routes Countries”.

Ambassador thanked the Regional Coordinator and her dedicated team for the efforts and stated her sincere desire to further strengthen the cordial relations, both personal and official between ICMPD and the Afghan mission.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana meets with experts on Afghanistan to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Austria and Afghanistan for the upcoming 100 years Independence Anniversary

Today, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana met with former Austrian Ambassadors to Afghanistan, Austrian government officials from the Ministry of Interior and the Federal Ministry of Austria, Directors of Austrian Organisations and experts from the private sector and civil society.

The Ambassador highlighted the excellent and long-standing bilateral relations between Austria and Afghanistan, going back to the 1950s, which have been developed across many sectors ranging from culture to sports and trade.

Fostering the excellent relations with the beautiful host country Austria is certainly a priority for the Embassy of Afghanistan in Vienna, especially in preparation for the upcoming 100 years Independence Anniversary of Afghanistan.

To have a memorable celebration, the Ambassador is supposed to honor those prominent Austrian personalities who have been instrumental to the advancement of Afghanistan’s relation with Austria and contributory to Afghanistan’s bright future.

The Ambassador concluded the meeting by presenting saffron as a token of appreciation to the Austrian friends of Afghanistan. Saffron is the symbol of a changing Afghanistan holding significant economic, trade and investment opportunities.

 

 

Afghanistan pays tribute to the late Director General Yukiya Amano

During a Board of Governors meeting held on Thursday 25 July 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana on behalf of the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan paid her respects to Director General Yukiya Amano, who passed away last week.

Director General Amano was a great advocator for security, nuclear non-proliferation regime and peaceful use of nuclear technologies to achieving a more peaceful world.

Afghanistan is grateful to IAEA, under the Director General Amano’s leadership, for its significant support to the country.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Director General Amano’s family and friends.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana attends the 922nd Closing Session of the Forum for Security Co-operation under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana warmly welcomed H.E. Muzaffar Huseinzoda, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, to the closing session of the Forum for Security Co-operation (FSC) under the Chairmanship of the Republic of Tajikistan. She commended the leadership Tajikistan, especially H.E. Idibek Kalandar, for the excellent efforts in chairing the OSCE Forum on Security Cooperation in these last months.

Tajikistan and Afghanistan have been connected for a long time and Afghanistan serves as a land bridge between Central and South Asia. Over recent months and years, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have stepped up their co-operation in a broad range of areas, both bilaterally and in the multilateral framework of the OSCE.

Both the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) further served as a catalyst towards increased collaboration between Tajikistan as OSCE participating State and Afghanistan as an OSCE Asian Partner for Co-operation.

The Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna wishes all the best to the incoming Czech Republic FSC Chairmanship and looks forward to further cooperate in the political-military dimension of the OSCE.

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna greatly welcomes new colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee to the team

The Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna greatly welcomes our new colleague Mr. Ahmad Munir Faruhee to our team. Previously, Mr. Faruhee has worked in different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan. He has now started his new function as Second Secretary and will be responsible to cover all matters pertaining to the IAEA. The Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan will greatly benefit from his knowledge and expertise. We wish him and his family all the very best for his stay here in Vienna.

Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna bids farewell to Mr. Alisadiq Akbari

Today, we bid farewell to Mr. Alisadiq Akbari who has keenly served the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna as Second Secretary from July 2016 to July 2019. His functions mainly focused around IAEA issues as well as other important and extensive functions including administrative and protocol functions.

In particular, we are grateful for Mr. Akbari’s efforts, within the IAEA’s framework, in supporting initiatives in the area of human health, in particular, the establishment of nuclear medicine centers in Afghanistan.

Mr. Akbari was not only an excellent diplomat but a dear friend. We deeply appreciate him for all his work and expertise from which the Embassy and Permanent Mission Afghanistan has greatly benefitted. We wish Mr. Akbari every success in his future endeavors. We will dearly miss him!

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana pays visit to Graz, Austria

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel paid a visit to Graz on 10 July 2019.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel had a fruitful meeting with the State Minister of Styria, Ms. Barbara Eibinger-Miedl. Both sides agreed in deepening further cooperation in the area health, education, economy and initiating a Partnership Agreement between the region of Styria and one of the cities in Afghanistan.

During her visit, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel had the chance to meet with City Councillor Mr. Kurt Hohensinner and Caritas Direktor Mag. Herbert Beiglböck. A number of joint projects were contemplated in the area of education and in supporting Afghan returnees from Austria.

The Ambassador also visited the premises of the Caritas organization, which currently employs three very well integrated Afghans. She was really proud of their achievements and was happy to see one of the many living examples of good integration between Afghan and Austrian citizens.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude to the City of Graz for its integration efforts established in Styria for the Afghan refugees.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presents Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia

On Thursday, 04 July 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel presented her Letters of Credence to His Excellency Mr Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia. This marked the establishment of official diplomatic relations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Slovenia and the starting point of her tenure as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Slovenia.

H.E. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel conveyed H.E. President Ghani’s strong commitment for enhancing the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Slovenia and pledged her full cooperation to strengthen their friendly relations. The Republic of Slovenia was honored to have the first Afghan women Ambassador to their country.

Afghanistan is an important country for Slovenia, especially in the area of security. Slovenian High-Level representatives from the Ministry of Defense paid numerous visits to Afghanistan and a new visit is planned soon.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel spoke at length on the achievements of Afghanistan in the past 17 years.  The last years have delivered Afghanistan at the doorstep of peace. Afghanistan is giving huge importance in guaranteeing women’s rights in this process and reiterates its continued support to an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process. Afghanistan is optimist about a prosperous future in the country.

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting on Countering Trafficking in Human Beings and Modern Slavery

On Friday 28 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting demonstrating Afghanistan’s commitment to fight human trafficking and modern slavery on domestic, regional and global levels.

The problem of human trafficking in human beings is not foreign to Afghanistan. As a victim of this global challenge, Afghanistan has made tremendous progress to tackle the challenge of trafficking of human beings. For the last one decade, Afghanistan supported by its partners in the international community, adopted national legislation, implemented regional and international legal instruments, created relevant institutions and law enforcement capacities at its borders and airports and became part of bilateral, regional and international mechanisms, to combat human trafficking.

Human trafficking is particularly prevalent in countries stricken by conflict and strife, especially those who continue to suffer at the hands of terrorists and extremists. The inextricable link between human trafficking and terrorism remains a serious source of concern, demanding urgent attention of the international community.

 

H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel meets with Ms. Ingeborg Geyer from the ZONTA International United Nations

On Thursday, June 27, 2019, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel met with Ms. Ingeborg Geyer from the ZONTA International United Nations.

In their meeting, they discussed women empowerment issues and how the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan and ZONTA can promote ending child marriage.

Since 2001, Afghanistan has secured tremendous gains towards promotion and protection of human rights, particularly of women.

Afghanistan’s core efforts in advancing the rights of women are primarily based in the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325. As a result of all these efforts, women in Afghanistan are now writing history – they actively participate in civil society structures, as well as in politics and business. Today, many women are vibrant voices of society.