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Embassy of Afghanistan Celebrates Independence Day in Washington DC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:       
August 21, 2006                                                                                               

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M. Ashraf Haidari
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Haidari@embassyofafghanistan.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Embassy of Afghanistan celebrated with the Afghan community in the East Coast Afghanistan’s 87th Independence Day on the evening of August 18, 2006 in Washington, DC. More than 300 guests—including senior US government officials, diplomatic crops, media, and friends and supporters of Afghanistan—attended the glamorous Independence Day reception at the Embassy in Kalorama.   

Afghanistan’s renowned singer, Mr. Ahmad Wali, performed at the reception and sang patriotic songs in honor of Afghanistan’s Independence Day. His national songs moved the jubilant Afghan guests and reminded them of their debt of service to Afghanistan at a time when the country needs them to work together towards their homeland’s reconstruction. Similar celebrations were held in the capital and throughout Afghanistan, including in the south and east where thousands of people and government officials paid tribute to Afghanistan’s national heroes who fought for the freedom and sovereignty of Afghanistan.

Ambassador Said T. Jawad conveyed the messages of President Karzai and Foreign Minister Dr. Spanta to Afghan communities across the United States, wishing them a happy Independence Day. Ambassador Jawad said, “Today we salute our beautiful tricolor flag and pay tribute to those freedom fighters and leaders who secured and maintained our independence and freedom. 87 years is a brief period in the history of our ancient country. Our country with a rich five millennia civilization has been through many ups and downs of the history. The last thirty years in Afghanistan unfortunately endured two foreign invasions that destroyed our land but strengthened our unity and resilience. Today, Afghanistan is rapidly regaining her rightful place in the community of free, peaceful and pluralistic nations. With the partnership of the international community and the perseverance of the Afghan people, Afghanistan will emerge as a model of cooperation of civilizations for peace, prosperity and global security.”

The Afghan Independence Day is celebrated in Afghanistan on 19 August to commemorate the recognition by the United Kingdom of Afghanistan’s independence in August 1919.

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