Ambassador Eklil Hakimi welcomes career Afghan diplomats participating in training program

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Ambassador Hakimi stands with the Afghan diplomats participating in the training program in his office that the embassy after talking with them for some time.

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Ambassador Hakimi, SRAP Ambassador Dobbins, and Charge d’Affaires Lu Kang stand with the diplomats at the State Department reception.

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Ambassador Hakimi addresses the Afghan diplomats in training and those in attendance at the reception.

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September 13, 2013

WASHINGTON—Afghan Ambassador Eklil Hakimi welcomed 13 career Afghan‬ diplomats to Washington this week as they began an extensive, two-week long, multi-nation training program sponsored by a partnership between the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the U.S. Department of State, and the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Ambassador Hakimi, along with U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins and Chinese Charge d’Affaires Lu Kang, welcomed the group at a reception at the State Department Monday morning.

“With a strong trilateral relationship supporting the Afghan Diplomat Training Program, we can better prepare young diplomats to take on these important areas of development and become agents of real and lasting change at home and abroad,” said Ambassador Hakimi. “This program is the first step toward comprehensive trilateral cooperation. It will be followed by similar programs in the agriculture and health sectors.”

Thursday evening, Ambassador Hakimi and Embassy staff invited the early-career diplomats and the program coordinators from Meridian International and the U.S. State Department to the Embassy for a formal dinner to celebrate their accomplishments and discuss the opportunities afforded by this important program.