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New US Ambassador Presents Credentials to President Karzai

On April 16 the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan William Wood began his first day by presenting his credentials to President Hamid Karzai. Ambassador William Wood was nominated by President George W. Bush last month for the job in Kabul. Ambassador Wood, a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service, served most recently as United States Ambassador to Colombia. Prior to this, he served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State. Earlier in his career, he served as Political Counselor at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. He replaces departing U.S. Ambassador Ronald Neumann.

After his meeting with President Karzai, Ambassador Wood made the following statement: “I am delighted to be in Afghanistan as President Bush’s Ambassador to President Karzai and the Afghan people.  I thank President Karzai for receiving me so quickly.  As you know, to be an Ambassador you are not only sent but must also be received.  In our first meeting, President Karzai and I touched on many aspects of our broad and deep relationship.  I look forward to continued partnership with the government of Afghanistan, the Afghan people and our international colleagues.  Afghanistan can count on the United States for the long term.”

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