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Afghan Peace Ambassador Visits Vienna and Meets the Vice-President of the Austrian National Olypmic Committee

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Vienna, 27.08.2015

Dr. Nader Shah Nangahari, a dentist by profession and a passionate cyclist, is currently undertaking — for the second time — a bike tour around the globe. This time accompanied by his son.

In 2002, Dr. Nangahari departed on a bike tour to convey a message by the Afghan people – a message of peace, friendship and cooperation among humanity.

His first trip, 2002-2003, took him from Afghanistan to Iran, Turkey, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, and finally, the United States.

Upon his return to Afghanistan, he was awarded the title of hero by the Afghan Government and a medal by the Afghan National Olympic Committee. From 2003 onwards, he visited different regions of Afghanistan to share his vast experience and advocate for the education and empowerment of women.

This year, Dr. Nangahari is repeating his successful initiative. Yesterday, he and his son stopped in Vienna for meetings at the Afghan Embassy and Permanent Mission (second photo), and with Mr. Otto Flum, Vice-President of the Austrian National Olympic Committee (first photo). Also, Wiener Zeitung daily newspaper conducted an interview with Dr. Nangahari.

“My country Afghanistan has achieved much progress over the past fourteen years and has become a better place to live for the Afghan people, thanks to the sacrifices of the Afghan people and the generous support by the International Community”, Dr. Nangahari stated during the meeting with Mr. Flum.

“However, security still remains a serious challenge for peace and stability in the country. The main purpose of my trip this year is to convey to the International Community that the Afghan people, as a peace-loving people, are tired of war and foreign intervention”, he continued.

He concluded by stating, “We are grateful for the assistance provided to us by our international friends and partners. I would like to call on the international community to continue their support for the Afghan people and for peace and stability in the country.” Dr. Nangahari thanked Mr. Flum for the warm welcome and friendly hospitality.

Dr. Nangahari’s message is a message of peace and solidarity with the International Community, in the spirit of Olympic solidarity and ideals to live in peace and harmony with each other.

During their stay in Vienna, the two cyclists were guests of the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan. Embassy staff accompanied them to the Czech border from where they continued their trip to Prague.

Ambassador Erfani Attends Commemoration of 14 Year Anniversary of Assassination of Afghanistan’s National Hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud


Vienna, 24.08.2015

On Sunday, August 23, 2015 the Afghan community in Vienna, coordinated by the Youth Leadership Organization of Vienna, observed the 14th anniversary of the assassination of the National Hero Ahmad Shah Massoud. Ambassador Erfani was invited to participate in this event and address those in attendance.

In his opening statement, Ambassador Erfani praised the struggle and sacrifice of all Afghans from all ethnic groups, among them the late President Prof. Rabbani, Ahmad Shah Massoud, Abdul Ali Mazari, Motalliab Beg, Commander Abdul Haq and other martyrs, who lost their lives for the independence, peace, and stability of Afghanistan. Ambassador Erfani also applauded Ahmad Shah Massoud as a National Hero of Afghanistan, who spent his life to defend Afghanistan against the foreign intervention and terrorism, was assassinated on September 9, 2001. He noted that memories of Ahmad Shah Massoud and all other heroes and martyrs who sacrificed their lives for freedom, peace and stability in Afghanistan should not be limited to celebrating anniversaries but also must serve as a vision and goal for the cause of peace and stability for all of humanity.

Ambassador Erfani mentioned that Ahmad Shah Massoud, who put his life on the line for well-being of the Afghan people, called for the establishment of a broad based national government where all Afghans were represented through elections and democratic processes. He stated that this vision must lead us today into the future to ensure the programme of the National Unity Government for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.

Ambassador Erfani was awarded a certificate by the Youth Leadership Organization of Vienna in appreciation and recognition of his service as Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna.

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Ambassador Erfani addressed the conference of Afghan diaspora, titled “What is our Role in the Future of Afghanistan?”

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Vienna, 24 August 2015

On Saturday, August 22, 2015, AKIS (afghanische Kultur, Integration, Solidarität) and the Organization for Solidarity with Afghan Refugees in Europe (Verein Solidarität mit afghanischen Flüchtlingen in Europa) in collaboration with Afghan associations and NGO’s in Vienna, organized a conference, titled “What is our Role in the Future of Afghanistan?”.

In his opening statement to participants, H.E. Ambassador Erfani, praised the organizers of the conference for bringing together the Afghan diaspora to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and the role of the Afghan diaspora in the future of the country. He welcomed the wide variety of participants, including a delegation from Afghanistan, Afghans living in Austria, and other Afghan expatriates, commending their interest to do their part for the future of Afghanistan.

During his statement, H.E. Ambassador Erfani briefed the participants on the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, referring to the decade long achievements made in Afghanistan, gained thanks to the sacrifice of Afghan people in combination with support from the international community. He also emphasized the important role of Afghan expatriates to contribute in strengthening the current achievements and progress made in the country and to support the National Unity Government of Afghanistan to implement its programs for the success of the Decade of Transformation, and among them the ongoing efforts to preserve peace, achieve stability and promote economic development for the country.

The key note speakers of the conference delivered their comprehensive statements which created an opportunity for an open question and answer session followed by the adoption of the findings of the conference. Diplomats from the Embassy and Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Vienna also attended the conference.

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Ambassador Erfani Delivers Statement at IAEA Board of Governors on E3/EU+3 and Iran Nuclear Agreement

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Vienna, 25.08.2015

H.E. Ambassador Erfani delivered a statement at today’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors on Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ambassador Erfani thanked IAEA Director General Amano for his report and expressed Afghanistan’s support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), aiming at a peaceful and diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear issue and the essential role of the IAEA in this regard.

Ambassador Erfani applauded the efforts of the negotiators who facilitated the JCPOA and urged member states to fully cooperate with the IAEA for successful implementation of the JCPOA and the road-map signed by the IAEA and Iran.

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Delegation of Afghan Parliamentarians attended 12th General Meeting of the International Parliamentarians’ Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights


Vienna, 17.08.2015

On Wednesday and Thursday, 12 and13 August, a delegation of Afghan parliamentarians participated in the 12th General Meeting of the International Parliamentarian’s Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights.  As head of the delegation, Mr. Sediqi delivered a statement in the opening session of the conference.

Referring to the situation of Afghanistan, Mr. Sediqi stated,

 “Afghanistan’s parliamentarians will always advocate for the promotion and protection of human rights of refugees including those from North Korea and anywhere else on our globe and hope that our joint efforts under various frameworks including under IPCNKR will effectively contribute to this end.

The matter of refugees has become a serious issue more recently, not only for Afghanistan but for the international community as a whole. We are confronted with a global challenge that requires sober and practical action, upholding the unalienable rights of refugees.

Afghanistan will do its part to address the challenges faced by refugees and we thank our partners in the international community for their continued cooperation and assistance to overcome this serious, humanitarian challenge.”

In the course of their visit the delegation also conducted bilateral meetings with other participating delegations and attended dinners hosted by Japan, Korea, and the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan.  Additionally, Mr. Sediqi met with a journalist from the Winer Zeitung to discuss the current political situation facing Afghanistan.

Throughout their visit the delegation was accompanied by Ambassador Erfani to bilateral meetings where they discussed the current situation of the country and effective ways of Afghanistan’s partners continued cooperation with the country.  Particular emphasis was placed on strengthening the relationship between parliaments throughout the decade of transformation in Afghanistan, 2015-2025.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release Regarding the Postponement of the Second Meeting of Formal Peace Negotiations with the Afghan Taliban Movement

July 30, 2015

Kabul – The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan regrets the postponement of the second meeting of formal peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban movement, which was scheduled for July 31st, 2015 in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, as always, is committed to the peace negotiations with the Afghan Taliban movement and hopes that the aforementioned meeting will be held in the near future.

The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan believes that in the current situation, peace negotiations are possible than any time before; therefore, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan calls for sincere cooperation of all the relevant actors in supporting the Afghan Government’s efforts towards a lasting peace in the country and the region.

H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani launches the National Action Plan on implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women and Peace and Security

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Vienna, 30.06.2015

In a ceremony held today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani launched the National Action Plan on implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women and Peace and Security.

The President reminded participants that the 2004 Constitution of Afghanistan obliges the government to ensure that every citizen enjoys equal rights under law.

The President also noted that creating conditions wherein Afghan women, along with men, could form a prosperous, fair and purposeful society is a daunting challenge, and stressed that women’s perspectives should be an integral part of the decision-making in the governing process.

“The government budget should reflect spending on empowerment, participation and creation of safe workplace for women”, the President said. He demanded sustainable changes, not just cosmetic effects, to people’s mindsets, relations and social participations.

Addressing the new generation of Afghanistan, President Ghani said: “please take misogynist thinking out of your minds. Misogyny still prevails in our new generation and often times the most educated happens to be the most misogynist, which needs a thorough discussion and fundamental change.”

The President said that current health conditions of Afghan women are unacceptable and that he works to reorganize the entire health sector to bring fundamental changes in delivery of healthcare services to the women.

He also stated that war has been imposed on Afghanistan and that the government will not accept peace from a weak position and that women will not have a symbolic but a genuine role in any peace negotiations.

“Fundamental change cannot come to Afghanistan without regional cooperation”, he said before concluding with the pledge that a prosperous and stable Afghanistan is not a threat to any country and fundamental change in the role of Afghan women in society and the country at large will bring about fundamental changes in the region.


H.E. Minister Salamat Azimi participates in the launch of the World Drug Report and a special event devoted to the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking






Vienna, 26.06.2015

On Friday, 26 June Minister Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics in Afghanistan,  attended the launch of the World Drug Report and a special event devoted to the commemoration of the United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. In her address, Minister Azimi highlighted the efforts of the National Unity Government in combating the cultivation and trafficking of illicit drugs. She also stressed the importance of the link between insecurity and cultivation as well as the principle of shared responsibility. Minister Azimi restated the commitment of the Afghan government to eliminate this threat through the development of a number of new programs, laws and strategies as laid out in the work plan of the Ministry of Counter Narcotics.

Minister Azimi also took part in a bilateral meeting with H.E. Ambassador Laura Kennedy, U.S. Representative to the UN. The two representatives discussed bilateral relations between the United States and Afghanistan as well as the efforts of Afghanistan to combat cultivation and trafficking of illicit drugs. The Minister expressed her gratitude for the continued support of the United States to Afghanistan and provided her with suggestions on how to effectively implement bilateral counter narcotic projects, among them the GPI and Food Zone Programs, for the success of alternative development and increased opportunities for farmers.

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H.E. Minister Salamat Azimi meets with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov

Vienna, 26.06.2015

On Friday, 26 June Minister Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics in Afghanistan, met with UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov to discuss the launch of the World Drug Report and UNODC’s role in Afghanistan. Minister Salamat thanked the Executive Director for UNODC’s continued efforts in the region and commitment to eradicating poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.  The Minister further briefed the Executive Director on the ongoing activities and programs of the Afghan National Unity Government which aim to address the challenges ahead, as well as her 100 day work program which was presented recently before her arrival in Vienna.

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H.E. Minister Salamat Azimi meets with OSCE Secretary General H.E. Ambassador Lamberto Zannier







Vienna, June 25 2015

On Thursday, 25 June Minister Salamat Azimi, Minister of Counter Narcotics in Afghanistan, attended a meeting with H.E. Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, Secretary General of the OSCE, who welcomed Minister Azimi to Vienna and praised Afghanistan for having strong women in leadership positions. Secretary General Zannier briefed Minister Azimi on the actions of the OSCE in the region, specifically in the Dushanbe area and in the border region and restated his personal commitment to these efforts. He further extended an invitation to H.E. minister Azimi to take part in the upcoming World Drug Conference to be organized by the OSCE in Vienna in the coming month of September. Minister Azimi thanked the Secretary General for his assurances and for the OSCE’s efforts to keep Afghanistan on the agenda. Minister Azimi in turn, delivered a briefing on the current counter narcotics situation in Afghanistan, highlighting the ongoing challenges facing the National Unity Government.  She also called on the OSCE to do more to aid the country in its fight against illicit drugs and called for increased cooperation between counter narcotics police and border security.