Welcome from the Ambassador
Welcome to the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the United States! I am honored and humbled to be appointed by President Ashraf Ghani to represent Afghanistan to the United States at the beginning of an exciting albeit challenging new era for Afghanistan.
The Embassy welcomes all Afghans and Americans and we strive to serve and assist you. We also welcome your support in our mission to create a self-reliant Afghanistan. We aim to be a door to Afghanistan for our American counterparts.
Under the leadership of President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah, Afghanistan has entered a new era of reform and renewed partnerships in order to become self-reliant and a full-fledged member of the international community of democratic nations. We have come far in 14 years, yet we have much further still to go. Our continued and renewed relationship with the United States is an essential element of our previous gains and a pillar for our success. We work toward a mutually beneficial partnership.
This Embassy represents the new Afghanistan. We are an old country, but a young nation. Afghanistan’s cadre of educated and informed Afghan youth is its greatest resource and is being invested in as a driving force for achieving the new Afghanistan. Though insecurity in Afghanistan is our greatest obstacle, our force is more powerful than a terrorist’s bomb could ever be—our force is hope, and we are well-armed with optimism, motivation, and energy. We are the nation’s foremost stakeholders. Our future and our children’s future are at stake. We are moving forward, with the support of the United States and other members of the international community.
The commitment of the United States to Afghanistan is not only marked by its major assistance to reconstruction and development of the country but also, sadly, by sacrifice. We thank the people of the United States—the 1 million servicemen and women, and the 30,000 American civilians and aid workers—who have made those sacrifices to help us defend and build our country. Many American troops, who fought side by side and trained Afghan troops, have sacrificed time away from their families, have been wounded, and 2,361 of them lost their lives. Afghans know too well the tragic cost of war—words cannot express our gratitude for these sacrifices.
We are honoring that sacrifice by rigorously working to implement the plan laid out by President Ghani for reform and self-reliance.
Afghanistan is a success story in many ways—the strides we have made in the areas of education, human rights, democratic processes, elections, women’s rights and their largely enhanced economic and political participation, healthcare, the economy, and infrastructure development cannot be disputed. We are a united nation, our solidarity exemplified in the successful formation of the national unity government.
On an ordinary day in the capital city of Kabul, you can find 1.2 million school children, boys and girls, crowding the streets on their way to and from one of the thousands of schools; new buildings, including shopping malls and apartment buildings under construction; women present in offices, in hospitals, in universities, in the halls of government, working and studying side by side with male colleagues; state-of-the-art hospitals providing comprehensive services, even one hospital successfully performing an operation to separate conjoined twins; couples and families enjoying recreational activities, filling restaurants, amusement parks, and museums. As President Ghani said in his speech to Congress earlier this year, “Ordinary has escaped us, but it’s what we desperately want.”
There is still much to achieve. We are not in denial about the challenges ahead of us, nor the time and hard work required to overcome them. We are surging forward with electoral reform, rooting out corruption, and pursuing fiscal sustainability through investment, trade and regional relations. We are committed to maintaining and expanding women’s participation in the society, and upholding the rights we have secured for women. Though women are active participants in society, it is unacceptable that the threat of violence and discrimination is still present. Americans know well through their own history that the fight for freedom is not just against the enemies abroad but also against the forces of injustice and oppression within its borders--Afghanistan has its own struggles for civil rights for its women, for its minorities, and to live free from extremism and terrorism.
Afghans and Americans are both a people naturally inclined toward democratic processes, who uphold family values, and are guided by faith, with a strong work ethic. For 36 years Afghans have been the United States’ partner in the pursuit of liberty, democracy, and freedom. As ambassador, I look forward to deepening the understanding between the two countries and cementing this foundational friendship for decades to come.
Hamdullah Mohib (PhD)
Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan