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Ambassador Jawad Attends 'Hidden Treasures' Opening in San Francisco

Ambassador Said T. Jawad attended the opening of the critically acclaimed exhibit "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures of the National Museum, Kabul" in at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, California on October 24. The exhibit contains 228 historic artifacts from Afghanistan dating back over 4,000 years that were hidden away during the Soviet invasion and rule of the Taliban, only to be uncovered in 2003.

In remarks during the exhibit's opening reception, Ambassador Jawad spoke of the importance of the artifacts. "Today, Afghanistan is once again regaining its historic role of bridging cultures, countries and civilizations," he stated. "These crown jewels you see here today show the ancient Afghanistan that exists beyond the headlines. It is a country of long history, rich heritage, breathtaking beauty and dynamic trade and commerce."

He also spoke of the present-day relevance of the exhibit, saying, "Our Hidden Treasures speak to Afghanistan’s ancient history as well as its present day struggles. They showcase the sacrifices of our people to protect and preserve Afghanistan’s heritage. This exhibit was originally called Lost Treasures of Afghanistan when it was displayed in Europe. But to us, to the Afghan people and the custodians who risked their lives to hide them, they were never lost."

The exhibit is in the midst of a year-long tour of the U.S. From May-September 2008, it was on display at the National Galleryof Art in Washington, D.C., where it attracted 215,000 visitors. It will remain in San Francisco until January 2009, and then move to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (February 22-May 17) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (June 23-September 20).

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