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H.E. Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel takes part in OSCE Ambassadorial visit to Central Asia

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel participated in the Ambassadorial Trip to the three OSCE participating States of Central Asia, namely Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan. Joint efforts in achieving common goals like addressing transnational threats and challenges, promoting economic prosperity and connectivity, advancing the rule of law, as well as contributing to the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan, remain as key priorities of Central Asian states.

In Dushanbe, the programme included meetings with the Prime Minister Qohir Rasulzoda and the Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, as well as a visit to the OSCE Border Management Staff College. 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.

During her visit, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel commended Tajikistan for hosting the fifth Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit in Dushanbe. The resulting Dushanbe Declaration pledged support to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Furthermore, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked all the efforts carried out by both the OSCE Programme Office in Dushanbe and the Border Management Staff College (BMSC) towards essential technical assistance and capacity building for Afghan stakeholders.

The visit to Nur-Sultan was enriched by a Roundtable on Afghanistan that provided an excellent opportunity to facilitate discussion on a multi-year strategic perspective for enhancing the OSCE partnership with Afghanistan. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel greatly welcomed Kazakhstan’s efforts in bringing back Afghanistan to the OSCE Agenda, in line with the 2010 OSCE Kazakhstan Chairmanship. H.E. Idrees Zaman, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was also in attendance and reached out to friends of Afghanistan and High senior officials to promote regional cooperation. Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked the OSCE, Central Asian permanent delegations, the international and regional organizations for their cooperation and support and was grateful to the friends and allies for their contribution and assistance towards the stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

In Tashkent, meetings with the Chairperson of the Senate, representatives of National Center on Human Rights, National Electoral Commission, Agency of Information and Mass communication, as well as a round table on freedom of the media in Uzbekistan in Samarkand were panned.  Ambassador Ebrahimkhel thanked Uzbekistan for hosting a high-level international conference on Afghanistan on 26 and 27 March 2018 entitled “The peace process, security cooperation, and regional cooperation”, as conducting such a multilateral event for the first time in Uzbekistan shows President Mirziyoyev’s interest in engaging more closely with Afghanistan, not solely on a bilateral basis.

 

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.

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. 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