Embassy Hosts Students from Syracuse University

Counselor Hassan Soroosh speaks with students from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs during their visit to the embassy on February 2, 2012.

February 3, 2012
Washington, DC

On February 2nd, 2012, the Embassy of Afghanistan hosted a group of students from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Counselor Hassan Soroosh briefed the students on major issues currently facing Afghanistan, such as the security transition and the broader process of transformation beyond 2014. He highlighted the importance of a long-term partnership between Afghanistan and the international community as a key in taking the transformation process forward.

Counselor Hassan Soroosh explained U.S. engagement in the overall reconstruction and development efforts in Afghanistan. He also briefed the students on the importance of Afghan-US relations and the Afghan perspective of long-term partnership between the two countries.

After Mr. Soroosh spoke the students enjoyed Afghan tea and cookies. Diplomats from the Embassy sat with the students in smaller groups for tea and lead an open conversation. The students also viewed a slideshow that included beautiful images of Afghanistan.

At the end of the program, Counselor Soroosh responded to the students' questions on various issues including the transition process, regional cooperation, post-2014 programs and the opportunities and challenges that Afghanistan faces today.

The event was an excellent opportunity for the students to learn about the Afghan perspective on current issues.