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"We need a stable democracy that will never again victimize the Afghan people"
Karin Palmquist
The Washington Diplomat
07/09/2004

Said Tayeb Jawad became ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States on Dec. 4, 2003.

Ambassador Jawad previously served as chief of staff for Afghan President Hamid Karzai, as well as the president’s spokesman, press secretary and director of the Office of International Relations at the Presidential Palace from March 2001 to September 2003. In addition, he has worked as a writer and commentator on Afghan and international affairs.

Ambassador Jawad was educated at the Afghan French Lycée Istiglal in Kabul and studied law and political science at Kabul University. In 1980, after the Soviet invasion, he went into exile in Germany, where he studied law at the Westfaelishe Wilhelms University. In 1986, Ambassador Jawad relocated to New York to work for a Wall Street firm and in 1989, moved to San Francisco and received an executive master’s of business administration degree from Golden Gate University.

During his tenure as chief of staff to President Karzai, Ambassador Jawad was responsible for formulating policies, building national institutions, prioritizing reforms and implementing the president’s directives. As a legal professional, he has drafted legal documents and presidential decrees and reviewed major treaties and agreements, recently assisting with the drafting of the new Afghan constitution.

Ambassador Jawad speaks English, German, French, Farsi and Pashto and is married to Shamim, a financial consultant, with one son.

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