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Walsh University and Walt Whitman Model UN Students Visit the Embassy

The Embassy of Afghanistan hosted a group of students from Walsh University and Walt Whitman High School Model UN Program on February 29 and 14 respectively. Political Counselor M. Ashraf Haidari briefed the students on Afghanistan’s rebuilding achievements in cooperation with the international community, describing the dire situation of Afghans on the eve of the international intervention in 2001. Haidari described the process that established state institutions, as well as the establishment of Afghan democracy through Presidential and Parliamentary elections.  He noted, however, that unless Afghanistan’s early democratic achievements were consolidated towards permanent peace, stability, and prosperity, the country would remain a victim of predatory states and non-state actors in the region, particularly cross-border extremism and terrorism.

“Today, Afghanistan faces many interlinked challenges, which we and our international partners have to overcome through an integrated and well-coordinated strategy,” Haidari told the students. The central challenge, however, he pointed out was the Taliban’s cross-border insurgency, destabilizing Afghanistan and derailing its rebuilding process. Haidari answered the student’s questions about news reports of increased Taliban attacks, the general state of security and regional politics. Haidari insisted that Afghan security forces in partnership with the international community were making progress in stabilizing the country, having moved into regions where there had been no government presence for decades. Naturally, areas where terrorists had previously operated with impunity became more volatile as international forces applied pressure on the Taliban. “We have a greater cause than that of the Taliban insurgents: we strive to establish a moderate Islamic state at peace with itself and with others which the Afghan people demand and have strongly supported so far.”

Haidari encouraged both groups to continue their studies of the challenges facing humanity and come up with long-term solutions that benefited every country in the world. “We are no longer disconnected. What happens in Afghanistan or elsewhere affects people and your interests in the United States and vice versa. And so as students today, you have both the opportunity and the responsibility to help fashion our common tomorrow for the better, for a future of peace and prosperity for all,” Haidari told the students.


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