Welcome to our e-newsletter Vol. 73 Janurary 2010  


Statement of H.E Hamid Karzai  at the London Conference :

His Excellency Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan  at the London International Conference on Afghanistan said that this conference offers the opportunity to discuss the way forward toward an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned initiative that ensures peace and stability in Afghanistan and its surroundings. MORE


Foreign Minister Rassoul holds telephone conversation with US and German counterparts :

Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Zalmai Rassoul spoke separately by phone with his US and German counterparts, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle. The two-sides also discussed the situation in Afghanistan, Afghanistan-US relations. In addition, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the United States’ sustained commitment to Afghanistan. Both sides highlighted the up-coming gathering as an important opportunity for a renewed partnership between Afghanistan and the international community.  MORE...


In Afghanistan, Cabinet Fight Clouds Reform Efforts :

Amb.JAWAD in an interview with PBS NEWSHOUR said that "We are building institutions. We are building a state in Afghanistan. We have to keep focus on the long-term prospects of democracy and pluralism in Afghanistan. We will have setbacks in our way forward, both for the president and for the parliament. But, if we keep focus and have the institutions do their job the way they are supposed to be doing, the country will be better off."MORE...


Communiqué of “Afghanistan: The London Conference”

The London Conference represented a decisive step towards greater Afghan leadership to secure, stabilise and develop Afghanistan. The international community underlined its support for the Government of Afghanistan and its security,development and governance.The Communique of the London Conference on Afghanistan consists of commitments in Afghan Leadership, Regional Cooperation, International Partnership; and Security. MORE...

IMF and World Bank Announce US$1.6 Billion in Debt Relief to Afghanistan:

The World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have agreed to support US$1.6 billion in debt relief for the Islamic Republic of Afghanista. MORE...


Hearing the call of an Afghan school in need :

Last weekend at Jawad's invitation, Hawley and a group of about 30 children and their parents traveled to Washington to deliver the backpacks and have tea at Afghanistan's embassy. At the embassy, Jawad talked to them about the school in Bamiyan. The children asked about horses, holidays and the types of games Afghan children play. Some of the parents noticed that when Jawad talked about a game she would often add, "But these aren't for girls." MORE...

Ambassador Jawad in the Panel supporting Red Crosss for restoring Haiti:

In Kabul, "the United States is the second most popular country, after India," according to a recent poll, said the ambassador from Afghanistan, Said T. Jawad. "We are very grateful for your sons and daughters to go to Afghanistan, to fight for Afghanistan." MORE...


In January, Ambassador Said Jawad headed to Central America.  As the non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Columbia, Argentina and Brazil, Jawad spoke to the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) to discuss the deployment of Brazilian technicians to help increase the cultivation of grapes, wheat, pomegranates and apricots. MORE...

Seattle woman builds a future for girls amid war in Afghanistan :

These students are part of the first generation of girls to get an education at a school that opened in 2003 in a northern Afghanistan village. Students at Coe Elementary in Seattle raised nearly $4,000 to help build the school, and their fundraising efforts continue. MORE...

Applications for 2010 Business Council for Peace Accepted Now:

The embassy of Afghanistan encouraged entrepreneurs in the Mazar-i-Sharif and the Balkh Provinces to apply for the 2010 Business Council for Peace (Bpeace) workforce development program before the January 15, 2010 deadline.  Bpeace is a non-profit organization established to help entrepreneurs in war-torn regions create self-sustaining businesses and provide employment opportunities to others.  Through transformational work in the market place, Bpeace has helped advance Afghanistan immeasurably both economically and socially, one small business owner at a time. MORE...

Applications Being Accepted for 2010 Peace through Business Program:

The Embassy of Afghanistan, on behalf of The Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), announced that the applications were being accepted for the 2010 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program online. IEEW provides both Afghan and Rwandan women a path toward entrepreneurship through partnerships with American businesswomen. In addition to teaching Afghan and Rwandan women about building and developing successful businesses, the women are also introduced to new concepts of freedom, democracy, and leadership.  MORE...


Avoiding Civilian Casualties Key to Defeating the Taliban:

Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari briefed the senior leadership of the 525 Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Fort Bragg in North Carolina on January 12, 2010. Expected to deploy to the south and east of Afghanistan soon, Haidari discussed a number of key issues with the command officers of the Brigade to help them prepare better for effective military operations in coordination with the Afghan national security forces. MORE...

Embassy in the News:

This month, Ambassador Said T. Jawad spoke to CBS, VOA and Reuters about the Afghan cabinet, Parliament and building institutions. The Media covered his statements about nomination process , building a state in Afghanistan, corruption and the challanges of the mission in Afghanistan. To read these and other articles and op-eds, please click Embassy in the News.

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