Welcome to our e-newsletter Vol. 70 October 2009  


H.E. President Hamid Karzai congratulated President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize :

H.E. President Hamid Karzai congratulated President Obama for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday saying, "We congratulate, wholeheartedly, President Obama on the award of the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.  We recognize and commend President Obama's vision and leadership with a hope that peace and normalcy will return to Afghanistan and our region. " MORE...


Condemnation of Suicide Bombing in Kabul :

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Rangin Dadfar Spanta condemned in the strongest terms possible today’s terrorist attack on a guest house in Kabul, which resulted in the death and injuries of UN staff and Afghan security forces. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan expressed deep condolences to the families of the deceased and wishes for the early recovery of the injured.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan reiterates that no terrorist attack can in anyway deter the commitment and resolve of the people of Afghanistan and the international community for achieving a stable, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan.
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Ambassador Jawad Addresses Packed Crowd at Clinton School:

Speaking in front of a large crowd at the Clinton School of Public Service in    Arkansas, Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad said “there are not enough boots on   the ground” in Afghanistan.  He said troops are stretched to thin across the country which has led to an over reliance on aerial attacks that often threaten civilians. “It is essential that both international and Afghan troop levels be raised,” Ambassador Jawad said.  The ambassador explained that additional US and international forces in Afghanistan would be more than welcomed and would allow his countrymen time to rebuild police and military forces devastated from 30 years of conflict. MORE...


Afghan Ambassador to the United States Said Jawad called for an increase in troops operating in Afghanistan:

The United States-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Council convened for the fourth time in Washington, DC on October 5, 2009.  The meeting demonstrated the cooperation between the two countries on economic, trade, and investment issues in their attempt to improve the quality of life for the Afghan people. MORE...

Afghanistan Ambassador Warns of Worsening Violence:

Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad met with Margaret Warner of PBS to discuss escalating Taliban violence in Afghanistan among other topics.  Ambassador Jawad says these recent attacks point to the need for an increase in troops to provide security and train Afghan security forces. MORE...


The Big Secret about Food:

Afghanistan suffers violence because a very small number of people are twisted with hate. Many more come from tiny farms that cannot support a family. So young men bear arms for food and later become brain-washed by anger and corrupted by violence. Afghanistan’s path to peace, or a major part of it, is food. More food production and higher food quality lead to exports and new jobs.

A young man with a choice of well-paying jobs is less likely to choose a career in violence. MORE...

 

Ambassador Jawad sees runoff :

Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad has said that a runoff election between incumbent President Hamid Karzai and challenger Dr. Abdullah Abdullah is likely.  The Ambassador was the first official in the government to declare the runoff a probability. MORE...


American Law Schools Open doors to Afghan Students:

A U.S. State Department program is bringing Afghan students to the United States to study law.  The aim of the program is to provide legal training for Afghans who can then bring their skills back to Afghanistan’s judicial sector. MORE...

United States-Afghanistan Joint Statement on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council Meeting:

The United States-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Council convened for the fourth time in Washington, DC on October 5, 2009.  The meeting demonstrated the cooperation between the two countries on economic, trade, and investment issues in their attempt to improve the quality of life for the Afghan people. MORE...

 

Afghan envoy urges 40,000 more U.S. troops:

Ambassador Said Jawad is asking the American public to support the proposal for 40,000 more troops in Afghanistan.  Ambassador Jawad has met with senior U.S. officials such as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus to give the Afghan perspective on the current situation. MORE...

Counselor Haidari Speaks to the U.S. National Guard:

Political Counselor Ashraf Haidari spoke with National Guardsmen from Indiana and Texas in Bloomington, Indiana who will soon be deployed to the provinces of Khost, Paktiya, and Ghazni. Haidari thanked the men for their services and briefed on the importance of revitalizing the country’s agricultural sector. MORE...


Speaker Urges Research on Afghanistan:

political counselor at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, D.C., made a final request to Mary Washington students while concluding his speech in a crowded Jepson 219 on Wednesday, Oct. 21. He asked for students “to research and write about Afghanistan.” MORE...

Changing lives in Afghanistan One Child at a Time :

In 2007, Zaman Rashid and six other Afghan children arrived in the United States for the first time.  As part of a summer program run by the non-profit organization, Solace for Children, Zaman, came to America with the promise of medical care he would never have been able to receive in his home country.   At 15, the boy was in need of a life changing surgery to remove a benign tumor that was giving him terrible headaches, as well as difficulty breathing and speaking.  The surgery, thanks to the generosity of strangers, including an American host family and doctors in North Carolina, was successful.  And the event changed the teenager’s life in more ways than he would ever imagine MORE...


5th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference 2009:

This year’s conference attracted a record number of American and Afghan business experts.  Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad addressed the crowd saying that the great bilateral trade relationship between the Afghanistan and the United States continues to improve to the benefit of businesses in both countries. MORE...

 

Afghan Ministry of Finance Busts Major Corruption Ring :

The Afghan Ministry of Finance supported by the High Office of Oversight and the Ministry of Interior today announced that it had arrested two customs brokers who are alleged to be part of an organized group operating at the Kabul International Airport who have been defrauding the government of customs revenues that could approach 1.5 billion Afs (30 Million USD) per year. The announcement came at the end of a major one month investigation into the systematic falsification of customs documents. MORE...


The Embassy of Afghanistan hosts Washington Insiders for Power Breakfast:

The Embassy of Afghanistan served as a beautiful backdrop to the Institute for Education’s (IFE) most recent INFO breakfast gathering.  The event, which convenes regularly all over Washington brings together representatives from the city’s most powerful sectors and gives insiders a chance to network, compare notes on political developments of the week, and enjoy breakfast, as well as each other’s company. MORE...

 

In the News:
Statement by the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States Said T. Jawad at the Clinton School of Public Service in    Arkansas; Ambassador Jawad Represents Afghanistan at The United States-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Council convened for the fourth time in Washington, DC on October 5, 2009; Ambassador Jawad has met with senior U.S. officials such as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and General David Petraeus to give the Afghan perspective on the current situation; Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad addressed the crowd at the 5th Annual U.S.-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference 2009the great bilateral trade relationship between the Afghanistan and the United States continues to improve to the benefit of businesses in both countries. MORE

Embassy in the News:

This month, Ambassador Said T. Jawad spoke to CNN, BBC,PBS TV,Reuters , The Wahington Post, USAToday,UKPA, The Bosten Globe, Turkish Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Todaysthv  and Pajhwak Afghan News about the Runoff election, increase of U.S troops to Afghanistan and Taliban voilence. The media covered his statements about additional U.S troops,Runoff, corruption Taliban, sucess and the challanges of the mission in Afghanistan.
Counselor Haidari published op-eds in the Bullet and Pajhwak Afghan News.
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