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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.

The First Friends of RECCA Meeting held in Vienna

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.

 

 

OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting Co-chaired by Afghanistan and Austria

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.

Statement by the Delegation of Afghanistan at the OSCE 1189 PC in response to the Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat

ST-OSCE-180614-PC item2 Centre Ashgabat – 14.06.2018

Statement by the Delegation of Afghanistan at the OSCE 1189 PC in response to the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia, H.E. Marija Pejcinovic Buric

ST-OSCE-180614-PC item1 FM CRO – CoE – 14.06.2018

Statement by the Delegation of Afghanistan at the OSCE 1188 PC in response to the Head of the OSCE Programme Office and the Director of the OSCE Academy in Bishkek

ST-OSCE-180607-PC item2 PO+Academy Bishkek – 07.06.2018

Statement by the Delegation of Afghanistan at the OSCE 1188 PC in response to the Report of the High Commissioner on National Minorities

ST-OSCE-180607-PC item1 HCNM – 07.06.2018

Statement of Afghanistan at the 1184th OSCE Permanent Council Meeting

Statement – OSCE – 1184PC – 03.05.2018

Statement by H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel at the OSCE Asian Contact Group Meeting on Cyber Security and Cyber Diplomacy

ST-OSCE-180309-ACGM JAP CYBER