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Embassy of Afghanistan Announces: Afghan Ambassador to the United States Presents Credentials to President Bush
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Mr. Said Tayeb Jawad, the newly appointed Afghan ambassador to the United States formally presented his credentials to the Honorable President George W. Bush, this afternoon.

Appointed Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad formerly served as chief of staff for President Hamid Karzai, president's spokesman, press secretary, and director of the Office of International Relations at the presidential palace.

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

In his written remarks to President Bush upon the presentation of his credentials, Ambassador Jawad was quoted, "I am honored to stand before you at this historic juncture as we embark to accelerate, with your support, the successful process of solidifying peace and reconstruction in Afghanistan. We are grateful for the leadership provided by the United States of America in emancipating our country from the evil forces of terrorism, tyranny and Taliban. We cherish the close cooperation and enduring partnership forged between our two nations. In fact, the main objective of Afghanistan's foreign policy and my mission is to foster the burgeoning partnership between our governments, and strengthen the historic friendship between our people."

He went on to say, "While our common interest in fighting terrorism and strengthening peace and stability forms the bedrock of our partnership, our shared desire to build a constitutional state that guaranties the safety and security of its citizens, promotes democracy, protects human rights, advocates rule of the law, and provides for sustained economic growth lays at the forefront of our friendship. Thanks to your assistance, in less than two years, we have taken many bold steps toward achieving our shared objectives."

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. He worked closely with U.S. and Afghan military experts on rebuilding the Afghan National Army and reforming the Ministry of Defense.

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