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Ambassador Jawad Hails President Bush’s Support for Liberty
Embassy of Afghanistan

02/03/2005

Washington, D.C. - Following his attendance at the State of the Union address, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Said Tayeb Jawad stated:

“I appreciate President George Bush’s words of praise for liberty, elections and democracy in Afghanistan. Afghans are delighted by the President’s sharing the privilege of serving people and democratic governance with our newly elected President, Hamid Karzai. The success of the elections in Afghanistan was in fact a landmark event in the history of liberty.

“We value President Bush’s stand to uphold freedom as ‘the only force powerful enough to stop the rise of tyranny and terror and replace hatred with hope.’ Afghanistan’s recent successful elections speak to this truth. When more than 8 million Afghan women and men turned out at the polling stations in defiance of terrorist threats and attacks last October, they voted for freedom in Afghanistan and security in the world.

“I was especially moved that President and Mrs. Bush invited an Afghan woman, Ms. Homaira Nassery, to be at her side. Today, Afghanistan is emerging as a model of success of international cooperation. We appreciate the United States commitment to stand with us to see the freedom journey through.

“The advance of freedom has great momentum in Afghanistan. This summer, we will be holding our Parliamentary elections. We are grateful for reaffirmation of the commitment and support of the United States to help us make the Parliamentary elections another landmark event in the history of liberty in Afghanistan.”

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

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