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OSCE Chairmanship Counter Terrorism Conference on Effective Partnership against Terrorism and Violent Extremism, Radicalization that Lead to Terrorism

Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the 2020 Albanian Chairmanship OSCE-wide Counter-Terrorism Conference together with the remote participation of Mr. Ahmad Shuja Jamal, Director General for International Relations and Regional Cooperation, on behalf of Dr. Hamdullah Mohib National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

 

The conference was opened by several high-level key-note speakers, such as Acting Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, H.E. Gent Cakaj; UN Under-Secretary-General, Office of Counter-Terrorism, Vladimir Voronkov; Minister of State for Security, UK Home Office, Rt Hon James Brokenshire and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy Marina Sereni.

The conference offered five sessions on different approaches to strengthening co-operation on counter-terrorism matters and violent extremism; among government agencies, with international partners, as well as engaging the business community and civil society.

Director General Ahmad Shuja Jamal, in the first session, delivered his statement virtually via Zoom on behalf of Dr. Hamdullah Mohib National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. In his statement, he stated that in Afghanistan, our problem with radical extremism is more from the threat of imported ideologies of radicalism and the inflow of already radicalized, violent individuals from other geographies. Afghanistan has increased regional cooperation and entered into dialogue with its neighbors in order to improve compliance and counter the proliferation of not just violent ideologies but also violent means and methods. Mr. Ahmad Shuja Jamal reminded the audience that terrorism is transnational in nature and needs solutions at the regional and global level. The OSCE is an important forum to address counter-terrorism efforts and its root causes.

 

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel Participates at the 1279th OSCE Meeting of the Permanent Council dedicated to the Review of OSCE Co-operation with OSCE Asian Partners for Co-operation

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel expressed high appreciation to Ambassador H.E. Mr. Igli Hasani and the Albanian Chairmanship for their initiative in dedicating a Permanent Council Meeting to the OSCE Asian Partners for Co-Operation. The Permanent Council Meeting was an opportunity to review the OSCE Cooperation with Asian Partners and to take stock and discuss our achievements as well as to collectively identify our common prospects.

Afghanistan appreciates the close relationship and partnership with the OSCE since being granted the status of partner State in the year 2003. This partnership has been continuously expanded and Afghanistan has greatly benefited from its engagement with the organization.

Afghanistan strongly believes in the relevance of a stronger OSCE’s partnership with Afghanistan. Afghanistan stands ready to further look into a more strategic approach to the OSCE’s co-operation with Afghanistan. Establishing more continuity and a more long-term strategic outlook in our relationship will help us achieve sustainable development and comprehensive security.

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel commends the progress achieved so far by the Asian Partners for Co-operation group in the OSCE and Afghanistan is committed to develop and strengthen long-term cooperation with the OSCE.

Photo: Micky Kroell/OSCE.

A Kind Farewell to OSCE Secretary General H.E. Thomas Greminger on the occasion of the completion of his tenure

On the occasion of the completion of H.E. Thomas Greminger’s term as OSCE Secretary General, let us express our deep gratitude for your excellent service. For the past years, you have guided the OSCE Secretariat with panache and enthusiasm and navigated the organization through challenging times.

You have initiated significant positive change within the organization and have sharpened the profile and international standing of the OSCE, while ensuring continuity. Under your able leadership of the Secretariat, the OSCE has raised its capacities across all three dimensions of the work of the OSCE. The partnership between the Asian Partners and the OSCE has steadily strengthened over the years and has proved to be essential in guaranteeing a comprehensive and sustainable security in the OSCE region.

We would like to express our gratitude for your personal support to Afghanistan.  You have been a true friend of Afghanistan and we thank you for supporting the many initiatives for our country. Afghanistan and its people will never forget what you have done for them. Our gratitude also goes to the OSCE Secretariat and distinguished colleagues from the External Cooperation’s teams for their continuous engagement and cooperation in strengthening our partnership with the OSCE.

We thank you for your hard work and commitment and wish you every success for your future endeavors.

High-level conference on Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era – hosted by OSCE Albania Chairmanship

Ambassador H.E. Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel attended the high-level conference together with the remote participation of Ms. Ghezal Haris, Inspector General of the Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Good governance and the fight against corruption in the digital era was the focus of the OSCE Albanian Chairmanship high-level conference that took place on 6 and 7 July in Vienna.

OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Albania’s Prime Minister and Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Edi Rama, OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger and the Albanian Minister of Justice Etilda Gjonaj opened the conference.

Ghada Fathi Waly, the Director-General/Executive Director of the UN Office at Vienna/United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), addressed the high level panel.

Ms. Ghezal Haris delivered her statement on behalf of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan virtually via Zoom commending the Albanian 2020 Chairmanship for putting the fight against corruption a top priority in the OSCE’s agenda. She emphasized the commitment and the achievements of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in combatting corruption. She outlined both legislative and structural reforms implemented by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that helped significantly contain corruption in Afghanistan. She also underlined that digital technology has been at the core of Afghanistan’s anti-corruption reforms and will remain so in the next five years. The OSCE, through its field operations, is well-positioned to contribute to both national and regional efforts towards anti-corruption in Afghanistan.

Relevant high-level representatives from OSCE participating States, Partners for Co-operation, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and other international organizations, academia and civil society discussed the main challenges and share best practices and lessons learned. The conference helped identify and implement anti-corruption approaches which strengthen democracy, the rule of law, economic development, stability and security with a focus on the use of new technologies.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna call for greater international solidarity with Afghanistan at this critical time, in order to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities

 

The Islamic Republic (I.R.) of Afghanistan, like many OSCE participating States and Partners for co-operation States, is facing the wide-ranging consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. In this critical situation, the provision of assistance to countries in need is essential. Afghanistan, now more than ever, needs the support and co-operation of the international community in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Vienna call for greater international solidarity with Afghanistan at this critical time, in order to prevent a larger-scale outbreak of the coronavirus among the most vulnerable communities.

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AMBASSADOR KHOJESTA FANA EBRAHIMKHEL RECEIVED A COURTESY CALL FROM THE NEW AMBASSADOR OF JAPAN TO AUSTRIA AND OSCE, H.E. MR. AKIRA MUZITANI

Ambassador Khojesta Fana Ebrahimkhel received a courtesy call from the newly-appointed Ambassador of Japan to Austria and the OSCE, H.E. Mr. Akira Muzitani, who was eager to acquaint himself with his colleagues within the Asian Contact Group, on the 5th of February, in Vienna.

Throughout the meeting, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel expressed her gratitude at the unprecedented help and support the Government of Japan has provided Afghanistan with throughout the years. The Ambassador specifically highlighted the contributions Japan has made with regards to Afghan-led projects on women’s education, health and empowerment.

Within the framework of the OSCE, Ambassador Ebrahimkhel reiterated the benefits deriving from the increasing cooperation between the five Asian Partners i.e Afghanistan, Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and Thailand. In this regard, the Ambassador suggested that a further maintenance and strengthening of these relations would only happen if additional effort was put in joint initiatives and multi-year planning.

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.