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Afghanistan Reestablishes Diplomatic Relations with Brazil
Embassy of Afghanistan

09/13/2004

Washington, D.C. - Said Tayeb Jawad, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States, met today with H.E. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President of Brazil, at the Presidential Palace in Brasília to reestablish Afghanistan’s diplomatic relations between the two countries. Ambassador Jawad presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador of Afghanistan to Brazil. He also delivered a message from President Hamid Karzai to President Lula da Silva and a message from Foreign Minister Abdullah to Mr. Celso Amorim, Foreign Minister of Brazil.

In his message, President Karzai welcomed the reestablishment of Afghanistan’s relations with Brazil stating, “I hope that the visit of Ambassador Jawad will mark the resumption of lasting relations between Afghanistan and Brazil.” In his message to Minister Amorim, Minister Abdullah praised Brazil’s significant achievements in economic development and said, “We look forward to collaborative relations with Brazil and will appreciate both Brazil’s private sector investment in Afghanistan and development assistance to help rebuild Afghanistan.”

Commenting on his Brazil visit, Ambassador Jawad said, “Brazil is the tenth largest economy in the world and is South America’s leading economic power. It is a regional and global leader with vast resources. Afghanistan is emerging as a trade hub in Central Asia and looks forward to investment by Brazilian companies.” Praising Brazil’s leadership in collective security efforts, Ambassador Jawad said that “we will greatly appreciate Brazil’s aid especially in the security sector, to help train and equip Afghanistan’s security forces including counter-narcotics and border police to combat drug-trafficking and terrorism.”

Having emerged from over two decades of war and destruction, the government of Afghanistan is actively pursuing a policy of engagement in international affairs, while seeking the assistance of the international community in rebuilding Afghanistan. The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has striven hard over the past three years to restore Afghanistan’s relations with the international community and has successfully established more than 70 diplomatic missions abroad. Ambassador Jawad has been accredited to Mexico and is planning to visit Argentina, Panama and Colombia.

Afghanistan’s first indirect diplomatic relations with Brazil began in 1962. Prime Minister Hashim Maiwandwal, who served as Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States during 1958-1963, became Afghanistan’s first non-resident Ambassador to Brazil. Relations between the two countries stalled after the breakdown of government institutions in Afghanistan after the Soviet invasion in 1979.

Contact:
M. Ashraf Haidari
(202) 483-6410, (Ex-811)
Haidari@embassyofafghanistan.org

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