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New Afghan Ambassador Presents Credentials to Secretary of State

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WASHINGTON - At 10:00 a.m. this morning, Mr. Said Tayeb Jawad, the newly appointed Afghan Ambassador to the United States formally presented his credentials to H.E. Secretary of State Colin Powell. Appointed Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad formerly served as Chief of Staff of President Hamid Karzai, President's Spokesman, Press Secretary, and the Director of the Office of International Relations at the Presidential Palace.

After decades of war and destruction, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has appointed Ambassador Jawad to play a major role in guiding the massive reconstruction efforts that lie ahead for Afghanistan.

Mr. Jawad was recently quoted as saying, "The Afghan people finally have the opportunity to determine their own future and as the Afghan Ambassador to the U.S., I am determined to seize any opportunity to help in the reconstruction and development efforts of my homeland."

His Excellency Said Tayeb Jawad has served as Chief of Staff of President Hamed Karzai, President's Spokesman, Press Secretary, and the Director of the Office of International Relations at the Presidential Palace between March 2001 and September 2003.

Ambassador Jawad is a diplomat with the synergy of an excellent academic background and extensive experience in formulating strategies and implementing policies in Afghanistan. His experiences in managing reforms in a fragile environment have made him instrumental in rebuilding national institutions in Afghanistan. In addition, he is a renowned writer and commentator on Afghan and international affairs.

Ambassador Jawad was born in Kandehar, Afghanistan and educated at the Afghan French Lycee Istiglal in Kabul. He studied law and political science at Kabul University. In 1980, after the Soviet invasion, he went into exile in Germany, and studied law at the Westfaelishe Wilhelms University, Muenster, Germany. In 1986, he relocated to New York to work for a Wall Street law firm. In 1989, he moved to San Francisco, received an Executive MBA from the Golden Gate University, and continued to work for a business law firm.

During his tenure as Chief of Staff to President Karzai, Ambassador Jawad was responsible for formulating policies, building national institutions, prioritizing reforms and implementing the President's directives. He accompanied the President and managed all foreign trips and state visits. He actively participated in bilateral meetings with the heads of states and governments. As director of the Office of the President he advised President Karzai on a range of domestic and international issues, as well as security and reconstruction matters. Ambassador Jawad observed cabinet meetings and participated in the National Security Council meetings. He worked closely with the US and Afghan military experts on rebuilding the Afghan National Army and reforming the Ministry of Defense.

As a legal professional, he drafted legal documents and presidential decrees, and reviewed and revised major treaties and agreements. Among his many accomplishments Ambassador Jawad has been closely involved with the process of drafting Afghanistan's new constitution, and served as a liaison between President Karzai and the constitutional commission.

As a writer and political commentator, he wrote speeches and analysis, prepared briefings and policy papers for President Karzai. He provided expert opinion to the international media, and published hundreds of articles.

Ambassador Jawad is fluent in English, German, French, Farsi and Pashto. Until he was named to his diplomatic post he resided in San Francisco, California with his wife Shamim, a financial consultant and his thirteen year old son Iman.

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