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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 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 attends the Special Event of the 62nd Session of the CND devoted to the launch of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime World Drug Report 2019

On Wednesday 26 June 2019, H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the special event of the sixty-second session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, devoted to the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the launch of the UNODC World Drug Report 2019.

Afghanistan thanked the UNODC and all its researchers’ team for their yet again excellent effort in preparing another detailed overview of the drug situation in the world, with the innovative idea of grouping drugs by their psychopharmacological effect.

Afghanistan acknowledges the World Drug Report as one of the most important sources aiming at improving our understanding of the world drug problem alongside some other very important reports such as European Drug Report 2019 from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which is a fantastic reliable source of data analysis.

In particular, Afghanistan values the efforts of the UNODC Research Team on increasing information on drug usage, contributing towards fostering greater international cooperation on countering the impact of the world drug problem on health.

Better understanding of drug problems is also needed. Research and analysis are necessary to inform policy and enable international cooperation around evidence-based solutions.

Afghanistan remains committed to supporting the work of UNODC and promote balanced, health- and rights-based approaches to drug challenges, building on the international drug control conventions, human rights obligations and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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 attends event on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs

On Friday, 7 December 2018, Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attends the event organized by the Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs on Culturally Conditioned Violence and Right to Self-Determination of Women. On the 16 days of activism in the mark of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel joins experts in a discussion on the issue of cultural conditional violence and the self-provisional law of women.

During the event, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked H.E. Minister Karin Kneissl for this excellent initiative on a very important topic for Afghanistan. Violence against women remains a major obstacle to equality and it is an issue of fundamental human rights. In Afghanistan, considerable progress over the past sixteen years has been achieved in the area of gender parity and women’s rights. The Government of Afghanistan has developed important measures in the areas of legislation, policy-making and institution building, such as the approval of law on violence against women, National Action Plan for Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA), Convention to Eliminate all Form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), regulations for the prevention of sexual harassment, National strategy on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (EVAW)  and the creation of special courts, special prosecution office, commission and assistance centers for the elimination of violence against women. Nonetheless, much more still needs to be done to substantially improve the situation of women in Afghanistan.

Ambassador Ebrahimkhel, as first female Ambassador of Afghanistan in Austria and as part of her pledge as International Gender Champion, is fully committed to the empowerment of women and to gender equality and will undertake significant contributions to prevent violence and abuse against women.

H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE at the side-lines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan

Today, H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Thomas Greminger, the Secretary General of the OSCE at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

In this meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of OSCE involvement in Afghanistan. Mr. Zaman thanked the Secretary-General for the overall OSCE support to Afghanistan, in particular, the border management training and capacity building programs for Afghan customs officers and Afghan border police. He also highlighted the importance of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek which is annually providing a number of bachelor and master degree programs for Afghan Students.

Mr. Zaman also expressed his gratitude for the OSCE observation mission for both the Parliamentary and Presidential elections since 2004 and expressed his willingness to have OSCE observation for the upcoming presidential election of Afghanistan which is planned to be held in April 2019.

Ambassador Greminger considered Afghanistan as an important country in terms of its geopolitics and promised to keep Afghanistan high in the Agenda of OSCE. He also talked about the new OSCE strategy for Afghanistan where the OSCE will broaden its involvement with Afghanistan.

H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Karin Kneissl, Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan

Today, H.E. Idrees Zaman Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan met with H.E. Karin Kneissl Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Austria at the sidelines of the OSCE Ministerial Council in Milan.

In this meeting, both sides had fruitful discussions on issues of mutual interest, including Austrian’s long and sustainable support to the government of Afghanistan within the OSCE’s framework and in other regional and international organizations, the reopening of an Austrian embassy in Kabul, moving the Austrian Non-residence Embassy from Islamabad to Delhi in order to facilitate the visa procedure for Afghan applicants and lastly the issue of Afghan migrants living in Austria.

The Foreign Minister expressed her country’s full support with the people and government of Afghanistan in this crucial time and promised to welcome any new initiatives to extend the roots of cooperation between the two countries. She also touched upon Afghan asylum seekers who are entering Austria to get permanent residence and wished to have Afghanistan’s support in easing the procedure for Afghan deportees whose asylum applications have been denied due to criminal records. She also emphasized that the government of Austria would consider all international laws and norms, as well as the current security situation in Afghanistan, in their migration policies and legal acts on migrants.

H.E. Zaman appreciated Austria’s longstanding support to Afghanistan in various areas and in particular, their active presence within the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.