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Ambassador Jawad Thanks Bush Administration Officials

As the administration of President George W. Bush enters its last week in office, Ambassador Said T. Jawad has been expressing his gratitude to the many senior officials that dedicated time and effort to the international cause in Afghanistan.

In a letter to President George W. Bush, Ambassador Jawad cited his initial decision to liberate from Afghanistan from the Taliban as a key moment in the country's history. "Your resolve and determination in launching Operation Enduring Freedom allowed the Afghan people to pursue a pathway to democracy, moderation and the rule of law at home, and to rejoin the family of nations after years of isolation," he wrote. "It is still a work in progress, but the continuing generosity of the American people in providing resources for Afghanistan’s security and reconstruction has been indispensable to this process."

In a separate letter to First Lady Laura Bush, Ambassador Jawad thanked her for her consistent advocacy on behalf of Afghan women. "I know that the time you have spent in Afghanistan has made a deep impression on you; please know that your dedication and generosity have made a deep impression on millions of my fellow Afghans," wrote the ambassador. The First Lady most recently traveled to Afghanistan in June; she spoke of her work with Afghan women in a recent interview alongside Ambassador Jawad on NBC's "Meet the Press."

In letters to other senior officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, various members of the president's cabinet, CIA Director Michael Hayden, USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore, Office of National Drug Control Policy Director John Walters, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and Undersecretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Paula Dobriansky, Ambassador Jawad thanked them for their leadership and the work of their dedicated staffs.

"We deeply appreciate the hard work and sacrifice of the American diplomats, civilian aid workers and others who have given so much of themselves to work with the people of Afghanistan. But none of their efforts could have been realized without the strong leadership and commitment that you and your colleagues have provided," he wrote.

Image of President Karzai and senior Afghan officials meeting with President Bush and senior U.S. officials in September 2008 at the White House.

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