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The Embassy of Afghanistan to the United States Hosts Reception at the London Conference
Embassy of Afghanistan

01/31/2006

Washington, D.C. - The Embassy of Afghanistan and Georgetown University hosted a joint reception for government officials, nonprofit leaders and members of the private sector in the midst of the London Conference at the Berkeley Hotel in London on January 30, 2006. The reception provided an informal opportunity for the Conference participants to meet before the Conference today and tomorrow.

Commenting on the Conference, Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad stated: “This significant gathering of 70 countries presents us all with an opportunity to take Afghanistan beyond the achievements of the Bonn Agreement towards longer-term stability and development of our country. The Afghanistan Compact sets out our national priorities in the areas of security, governance, and socio-economic development with the counter-narcotics campaign as a cross-cutting theme. It declares our firm commitment to addressing these challenging issues with the continued support of the international community based on the Afghanistan National Development Strategy to be presented at the Conference.”

The Embassy in Washington DC is supporting the efforts of the Government of Afghanistan and the international community to rebuild Afghanistan. The Embassy has partnered with numerous private and non-profit organizations in the United States to highlight through joint conferences the long-term needs of state-building in Afghanistan and to secure the continued support of the U.S. government and people for the country. Over the past three years, the Embassy has supported the efforts of Georgetown University with a long commitment to engaging public and private organizations to help revitalize Afghanistan.

In January 2002, Georgetown President John J. DeGioia presented then Interim Chairman Hamid Karzai with the President's Medal recognizing his dedication to Afghanistan’s reconstruction. Georgetown also hosted the Afghanistan-America Summit on Recovery and Reconstruction the following July 2002, bringing together seven Afghan cabinet ministers, top U.S. government officials, industry leaders and experts in development, health, and human rights to the campus to explore ways in which the international community and the Afghan government could address Afghanistan's most pressing needs. In November 2003, Georgetown convened its second Afghanistan-America Summit on Recovery and Reconstruction to assess the progress made and significant challenges ahead in the recovery and reconstruction of the country.

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Contact: M. Ashraf Haidari
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