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President Karzai Leaves for the US on an Official Visit
Released by the Office of the Spokesman to the President


Presidential Palace, Kabul H.E. Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, left today on a four-day visit for the United States. During his trip the President will visit Boston, Washington DC and Nebraska.

In Boston, the President will deliver a Commencement speech to the Boston University Class of 2005 and will receive an honorary doctorate.

In Washington, The President will meet with H.E. George W. Bush, President of the USA to discuss bilateral issues between the two countries. The President will also meet with Other Senior US officials including H.E. Dick Chenney, Vice President of the US, H.E. Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, H.E. Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense, H.E. Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of Commerce, H.E. John Snow, Secretary of the Treasury.

The President will hold meetings with the leadership of the Senate of the US and the House of Representative of the US Congress.

The President will also meet with Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank.

In Nebraska, the President will visit the University of Nebraska and will receive an Honorary Doctorate. The President will also visit an agriculture farm to discuss Afghanistans need to develop its agriculture sector.

During his visit, the President will attend several events which includes a reception for the President hosted by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Smithsonian Institute. The US Department of Homeland Security will present Afghan historical artifacts recovered by the US customs to the President. The President will also give a speech to the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, at John Hopkins University.

For further information, please contact:
Khaleeq Ahmad, Tel. 00 93 70 286 853

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