Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 28, 2021)

Event: Due to a specific, credible threat, all U.S. citizens in the vicinity of Kabul airport (HKIA), including the South (Airport Circle) gate, the new Ministry of the Interior, and the gate near the Panjshir Petrol station on the northwest side of the airport, should leave the airport area immediately. U.S. citizens should avoid traveling to …

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Security Alert – Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 25, 2021)

Event: Because of security threats outside the gates of Kabul airport, we are advising U.S. citizens to avoid traveling to the airport and to avoid airport gates at this time unless you receive individual instructions from a U.S. government representative to do so. U.S. citizens who are at the Abbey Gate, East Gate, or North Gate …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul (August 19, 2021)

U.S. government-provided flights are departing Kabul and will continue until the evacuation operation is complete.  U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and their spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) should consider travelling to Hamid Karzai International Airport when you judge it is safe to do so.  The U.S. government cannot ensure safe passage to the airport. We are processing people …

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Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kabul (August 18, 2021)

Location: Kabul U.S. government-provided flights are departing.  U.S. citizens, LPRs, and their spouses and unmarried children (under age 21) should consider travelling to Hamid Karzai International Airport.   You should plan to enter the airport at Camp Sullivan.  From the HKIA Airport South Traffic Circle, head east for 1km and turn right on to Camp Sullivan.   Please note that gates may change …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul (August 16, 2021)

Location: Kabul Event: The security situation in Kabul continues to change quickly, including at the airport. U.S. citizens should continue to shelter in place. U.S. citizens wanting assistance to depart the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the United States. To receive assistance from the Embassy, U.S. citizens …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul

Location: Kabul Event: The security situation in Kabul continues to change quickly, including at the airport. U.S. citizens should continue to shelter in place. U.S. citizens seeking assistance to depart the country should complete this  Repatriation Assistance Request  for each traveler in their group.  Spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens in Afghanistan who are awaiting immigrant visas …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kabul (August 15, 2021) Location: Kabul Event:  The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport.  There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place. U.S. citizens wanting assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul Event:  The security situation in Kabul is changing quickly including at the airport.  There are reports of the airport taking fire; therefore we are instructing U.S. citizens to shelter in place. U.S. citizens wanting assistance in departing the country should register for any option that might be identified to return to the United States, and must …

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Security Alert: Repatriation Assistance for U.S. Citizens – August 14, 2021

Security Alert:  Repatriation Assistance for U.S. Citizens – August 14, 2021 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan has received reports that international commercial flights are still operating from Kabul, but seats may not be available. The U.S. Embassy is exploring options for U.S. citizens who want to depart and who have not been able to find a …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan – August 12, 2021

Location: Throughout Afghanistan The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately using available commercial flight options.  If you cannot afford to purchase an airline ticket at this time, please contact the U.S. Embassy at  KabulACS@state.gov  for information regarding a repatriation loan.  If you are a U.S. citizen and delaying your departure while you await an …

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U.S.-Afghanistan Education Collaboration Continues

Over the last 20 years, the United States has worked closely with the Afghan government on a multitude of initiatives to provide quality primary, secondary, and higher education to millions of citizens throughout Afghanistan.  These programs have bolstered school enrollment for 9.6 million young minds and strengthened educational institutions, safeguarding the opportunity to learn for …

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The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan Condemns the Taliban Seizure of Cities

We condemn the Taliban’s violent new offensive against Afghan cities.  This includes the unlawful seizure of Zaranj, the capital of Afghanistan’s Nimroz province, the attack on Sheberghan, capital of Jowzjan province yesterday and today, and continuing efforts to take over Lashkar Gah in Helmand and provincial capitals elsewhere. These Taliban actions to forcibly impose its …

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Security Alert U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (August 7, 2021)

Location: Throughout Afghanistan The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to leave Afghanistan immediately using available commercial flight options.  Given the security conditions and reduced staffing, the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in Afghanistan is extremely limited even within Kabul. The U.S. Embassy can provide a repatriation loan for U.S. citizens who cannot afford at …

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Statement by Diplomatic Missions Condemning the Attack on the United Nations Compound in Herat

The diplomatic missions to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the EU Delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, the Office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States condemn Friday’s deplorable attack on the United Nations Compound in Herat that resulted …

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U.S. Refugee Admissions Program Priority 2 Designation for Afghan Nationals

Today, the Department of State is announcing a Priority 2 (P-2) designation granting U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP) access for certain Afghan nationals and their eligible family members. The U.S. objective remains a peaceful, secure Afghanistan. However, in light of increased levels of Taliban violence, the U.S. government is working to provide certain Afghans, including …

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Remarks to the Press Charge’ d’Affaires Ambassador Ross Wilson U.S. Embassy Kabul

Good afternoon.  Welcome to the American Embassy. I am pleased to report that the first flight of Operation Allies Refuge that departed Kabul yesterday landed in the United States nearly three hours ago. Our Afghan partners and their families on that flight will arrive this morning, East Coast time, at Fort Lee, Virginia. This White …

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Statement of President Joe Biden on the Arrival of the First Flight of Operation Allies Refuge

JULY 30, 2021 Today is an important milestone as we continue to fulfill our promise to the thousands of Afghan nationals who served shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops and diplomats over the last 20 years in Afghanistan. This morning, the first flight of Operation Allies Refuge has arrived in the United States, carrying Afghans who are …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 20, 2021)

Location: Kabul Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of multiple rocket attacks in downtown Kabul at approximately 8:05 a.m. this morning.  U.S. citizens should exercise caution and seek shelter in the event of additional rocket attacks. As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel …

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Joint Statement of Diplomatic Missions to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – July 18, 2021

The diplomatic missions to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, the EU Delegation, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, the Office of the NATO Senior Civilian Representative, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States call for an urgent end to the Taliban’s ongoing military offensive, …

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Operation Allies Refuge

At President Biden’s direction, the United States is launching Operation Allies Refuge to support relocation flights for Afghan nationals and their families eligible for U.S. Special Immigrant Visas (SIVs).  Flights for those already in the SIV application process will begin in the last week of July.  To maintain operational security, we cannot share details on …

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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 15, 2021)

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event:  Historically violence has increased in Afghanistan around the Eid-ul-Qurban holiday, which this year will fall during the third week of July.  Therefore, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks. In light of heightened insecurity in …

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U.S. Embassy Resumption of Immigrant Visa Interviews

U.S. Embassy Kabul has resumed immigrant visa interviews. The initial phase will involve rescheduling applicants who had their interviews postponed to mitigate elevated COVID risk.   Once this phase is complete, the Consular Section, in coordination with the National Visa Center, will resume scheduling new immigrant visa appointments for applications that are documentarily complete. The Consular Section will …

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The United States Provides 1.48 Million Doses of Johnson & Johnson Vaccines to the People of Afghanistan

The United States is proud to share 1,484,900 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines with Afghanistan through COVAX, the international platform for delivering safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines equitably around the world. On June 3, the Biden-Harris Administration announced its framework for delivering at least 80 million doses worldwide and set out its plan to …

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U.S. Collaboration in Infrastructure Continues and Expands

As the U.S. military withdraws from Afghanistan, the United States is increasing diplomatic, economic, political, and humanitarian engagement with the government and people of Afghanistan, expanding the partnership and gains of the past 20 years.  The United States has worked closely with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on a variety of infrastructure projects that provide …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Taliban’s Offensive in Afghanistan

As we see media reporting and firsthand accounts of Taliban offensives and attacks on civilian populations and infrastructure in Afghanistan, we continue to call for an end to the ongoing violence, which is largely driven by the Taliban.  As U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said, “The world will not accept the imposition … by …

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FACT SHEET: Continued U.S. Support for a Peaceful, Stable Afghanistan

The United States continues to use its full diplomatic, economic, and assistance toolkit to support a peaceful and stable Afghanistan. Today, President Biden welcomed Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani and Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to the White House to discuss enduring United States support, including through security assistance to …

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Remarks by President Biden and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Before Bilateral Meeting

PRESIDENT BIDEN:  Well, it’s good to see two old friends.  We met many, many times in Afghanistan for long hours.  And they’re welcome here.  They’ve had a chance to meet with the — all the major players of the administration — from the Secretary of Defense, to the CIA — across the board.  And it’s …

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Remarks by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III with President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of HCNR

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE LLOYD J. AUSTIN III: Good morning, President Ghani, it’s an honor to welcome you to the Pentagon. I am truly grateful for the warm hospitality that you showed me in Kabul a few months ago, and I’m very glad to — to greet you here in Washington. So thanks to you and …

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Correction – World Refugee Day Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Ross Wilson Kabul, Afghanistan June 20, 2021

On this day, the United States stands with Afghan refugees, the displaced, those who have returned and with those who remain outside of their country.  Since 2002, more than 6.5 million Afghan refugees have come home, most with the assistance of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in the largest voluntary repatriation in UNHCR …

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COVID-19 Information

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul suspended operations on August 31, 2021. While the U.S. government has withdrawn its personnel from Kabul, we will continue to assist U.S. citizens and their families in Afghanistan from Doha, Qatar. We will also continue our efforts to help Lawful Permanent Residents, as well as the many Afghans who have …

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Statement on U.S. Assistance to Afghanistan on COVID-19 and the Suspension of Visa Operations

Afghanistan is experiencing an intense third wave of COVID-19 cases throughout the country.  The United States stands in solidarity with the Afghan government and the Ministry of Public Health as they work to take action to contain the spread and care for those who fall ill. We are saddened to hear of the deaths of …

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Administrator Samantha Power’s Call with President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎ Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to discuss USAID’s enduring partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan, especially Afghan women and girls. Administrator Power and President Ghani discussed how USAID’s focus areas align with the …

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Without Infrastructure, No One Wins By Dr. Tina Dooley-Jones, Mission Director at USAID/Afghanistan, June 2021

Infrastructure is the lifeblood of families, communities, districts, and provinces. From rural areas to urban centers, it is quite literally a system that touches all of us. Water infrastructure, like water treatment centers and pipes, carries clean drinking water to our homes and businesses. Dams and irrigation canals are a necessity for farmers to feed …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Travels to Afghanistan, Qatar, and the Region

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and an U.S. inter-agency delegation, including the National Security Council, Department of Defense, and USAID departed on June 4 for travel to Kabul, Doha, and the region.   In Kabul, the delegation will meet with the Afghanistan government, other political leaders, and civil society representatives, including women’s …

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United States Increases Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan, Reaffirms Enduring Partnership

The United States is fortunate to enjoy an enduring partnership with the people of Afghanistan.  Even as U.S. troops depart, the United States is stepping up its political, economic, and diplomatic engagement with Afghanistan, strengthening our relationship for years to come. We are delighted to share U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s recent announcement of …

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FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Unveils Strategy for Global Vaccine Sharing, Announcing Allocation Plan for the First 25 Million Doses

As we continue to fight the COVID-19 pandemic at home and work to end the pandemic worldwide, President Biden has promised that the United States will be an arsenal of vaccines for the world. To do that, the Administration will pursue several additional measures beyond our robust funding for COVAX: Donating from the U.S. vaccine …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN: Continued U.S. Support for a Peaceful, Stable Afghanistan Through New Humanitarian Assistance

As part of our commitment to the people of Afghanistan, the United States is providing more than $266 million in new humanitarian assistance, bringing total U.S. humanitarian aid for Afghanistan to nearly $3.9 billion since 2002. This assistance from the American people will help our international humanitarian partners provide support to some of the estimated …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 3, 2021)

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: New cases and deaths from COVID-19 have risen sharply throughout Afghanistan. Hospitals are reporting shortages of supplies, oxygen, and beds for both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 related patients. U.S. citizens have reported being denied admittance to hospitals due to lack of space. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 27, 2021)

Location:  Afghanistan Event:  Announcement by the Department of State on May 24, 2021 that U.S. citizens may directly return to the United States with certain expired U.S. passports. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to use your expired passport to return directly to …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Opening Statement for Afghanistan Briefing – As Delivered

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, and distinguished members of the Committee.  I welcome the opportunity to talk to you today about America’s strategy in Afghanistan and to update you on my recent discussions with partners in Kabul, the Taliban in Doha, and regional and international stakeholders.  As you know, President Biden made the decision to withdraw the remaining U.S. …

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Security Alert – May 15, 2021

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 15, 2021) Location:  Throughout Afghanistan Event:  Historically violence has increased in Afghanistan following the Eid holiday.  Therefore, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks.  The U.S. government remains concerned that insurgents …

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Statement on Eid by Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Ross Wilson

For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE May 12, 2021 Statement on Eid by Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Ross Wilson Eid Mubarak to all our Afghan friends and partners!  I hope this holy month has been rewarding to you and your loved ones.  From our embassy community, we have shared messages of faith, charity, peace, and kindness throughout Ramadan.  I pray that …

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Announcement of Funding Opportunities

We are not currently accepting proposals and there are no open Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for fiscal year 2022.  Due to the security situation in Afghanistan and the closure of Embassy Kabul, all NOFOs remain on hold while we address significant safety, logistical, and programmatic constraints. The safety and welfare of our applicants and …

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Statement of Support for Afghan Journalists and Media

Today we join Afghanistan in celebrating World Press Freedom Day. Afghanistan’s vibrant media sector is one of the country’s greatest success stories of the last two decades. A free and independent media and a strong media sector is an essential part of an inclusive and representative Afghanistan. Free, safe and independent journalists and media organisations …

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Joint Statement on the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan

Office of the Spokesperson, Department of State The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the occasion of the Extended “Troika” on Peaceful Settlement in Afghanistan. Begin Text: On April 30, …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Opening Statement for Afghanistan Briefing Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 Thank you, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member, and distinguished members of the Committee.  I am grateful to be here today to discuss America’s strategy in Afghanistan.  As you know, President Biden has announced his decision to begin the withdrawal of remaining U.S. forces from Afghanistan by May 1 and to conclude before September 11.  This decision was reached after an extensive review …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

(April 27,2021) Location:  Afghanistan Event:  On April 27, 2021, the Department of State ordered the departure from U.S. Embassy Kabul of U.S. government employees whose functions can be performed elsewhere due to increasing violence and threat reports in Kabul. The Consular Section in U.S. Embassy Kabul will remain open for limited consular services to U.S. citizens and for …

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Afghanistan Travel Advisory – Level 4: Do Not Travel

Do not travel to Afghanistan due to COVID-19, crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict. U.S. citizens wishing to depart Afghanistan should leave as soon as possible on available commercial flights. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Afghanistan due …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN

Additional Civilian Assistance to Afghanistan  President Biden was clear that while the United States will withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, our support for the country will continue.  As part of our commitment to invest in and support the Afghan people, we are working with Congress to provide nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance for …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Afghanistan High Commission for National Reconciliation Chair Abdullah Abdullah

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Afghanistan High Commission for National Reconciliation Chair Abdullah Abdullah today in Kabul.  Secretary Blinken and Dr. Abdullah discussed the importance of continuing to work toward a negotiated political settlement and permanent and comprehensive ceasefire.  Secretary Blinken reiterated the U.S. commitment to the peace process and that we will use our full diplomatic, …

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Secretary Blinken’s Meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani today in Kabul to affirm the United States’ continued commitment to Afghanistan.  Secretary Blinken made clear that the United States stands with Afghanistan and its people in support of a peaceful and prosperous future.  Secretary Blinken and President Ghani discussed our shared investment in Afghanistan and the importance of …

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Statement on the Visit of Special Representative Khalilzad to Kabul

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad completed a productive four-day visit to Kabul. He met with government and political leaders, civil society activists, and the diplomatic community to discuss preparations for the upcoming Istanbul conference.  In each engagement, Ambassador Khalilzad underscored why it was important both sides accelerate​ the peace process.  He also re-affirmed the United States’ enduring partnership with …

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On the Anniversary of the April 6, 2013, Attack

Today, we honor the memory of six lives taken eight years ago in Qalat, Zabul province.  Foreign Service officer Anne Smedinghoff, 25; Staff Sgt Christopher Ward, 24; Specialist Wilbel Robles, 25; Specialist Delfin Santos, 24; an Afghan-American interpreter and an Afghan doctor whose respective families requested their names be kept private. The team was on …

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Protect the Gains Made to Empower Women in Afghanistan

By Ambassador Ross Wilson, Charge d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Kabul and Dr. Tina Dooley-Jones, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development Afghanistan had its share of historic firsts for women in 2020. A long-overdue breakthrough to put more women in positions of authority saw 21 women appointed deputy provincial governors following a July 2020 Presidential decree …

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USAID and the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health Sign Partnership Statement to Prevent and Reduce Tuberculosis over Next Five Years

Kabul, Afghanistan – On Wednesday, March 24, the Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated World Tuberculosis (TB) Day by virtually signing a joint statement to prevent and reduce TB over the next five years in Afghanistan.  Dr. Wahid Majrooh Acting Minister of Public Health, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 18, 2021)

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations have historically planned disruptive activities and attacks targeting celebrations and large gatherings during the annual Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens may notice heightened security measures, including traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed Sunday, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations have historically planned disruptive activities and attacks targeting celebrations and large gatherings during the annual Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens may notice heightened security measures, including traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed Sunday, …

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Visit of Special Representative Khalilzad to Kabul

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and his team completed a two-day visit to Kabul as part of continuing efforts to try to accelerate the peace process and make progress toward a political settlement and a permanent ceasefire. Ambassador Khalilzad met with President Ghani, HCNR Chair Abdullah, and a wide range of other …

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The United States Congratulates Afghanistan on the Arrival of COVID Vaccine      

Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States congratulates Afghanistan on the successful arrival of 468,000 doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine, from the AstraZeneca Serum Institute, on March 8, 2021.  This shipment was made possible through the COVAX Advance Market Commitment, a global initiative to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.  The United States recently announced the provision …

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Department of State Offers Reward Increase for Information to Bring Transnational Criminal to Justice

Ned Price, Department Spokesperson Today the U.S. Department of State announces a reward increase of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Kamchybek Kolbaev and/or for information leading to the disruption of financial mechanisms of Kolbaev’s criminal organization. In 2000, Kolbaev was convicted for the attempted murder of his …

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Friends of Afghan Women Ambassadors’ Group Statement on International Women’s Day Kabul, Afghanistan, 8 March 2021

On International Women’s Day each year, we celebrate the strength, resilience and perseverance of Afghan women. This year, the stakes are higher than ever as Afghans work to end the violent conflict and establish a sustainable peace. As international friends of Afghan women, today we commend the commitment shown by them at all levels – …

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Statement on the Visit of Special Representative Khalilzad to Kabul

The Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and his team just concluded a productive three days of consultations in Kabul with government officials, civil society leaders, and other Afghan political figures. In his meetings, Ambassador Khalilzad outlined our focus on Afghanistan, diplomacy, and garnering wider international support in order to help Afghans make …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Travel to Afghanistan and Qatar

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Khalilzad and his team will travel to Kabul, Doha, and additional regional capitals.  He will resume discussions on the way ahead with the Islamic Republic and Afghan leaders, Taliban representatives, and regional countries whose interests are best served by the achievement of a just and durable political settlement and permanent …

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Secretary Blinken’s Call with Afghan President Ghani

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Ned Price: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken spoke yesterday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the United States’ ongoing review of its strategy in Afghanistan.  The Secretary reiterated America’s commitment to support the peace process, aiming for a just and durable political settlement and permanent and comprehensive …

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Statement on Continuation of Assassinations, Kidnappings, and Destruction of Vital Infrastructure

The EU Delegation and the diplomatic missions of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States strongly condemn the continuation of assassinations, kidnappings, and destruction of vital infrastructure – all which directly harm the Afghan people. …

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New U.S. Funding to UNODC’s Container Control Program Helps Afghanistan Secure its Borders

The United States is pleased to announce a $3.4 million contribution to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to assist the government of Afghanistan in combating the trafficking of illicit drugs and goods. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) and Bureau of International Security …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Emily Horne on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Call with National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke this morning with Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib regarding the U.S. commitment to the U.S.-Afghan partnership and to peace for all the people of Afghanistan. Mr. Sullivan underscored that the U.S. will support the peace process with a robust and regional diplomatic effort, which will aim to help the …

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Security Alert – January 17, 2021

Location:  Throughout Afghanistan  Event:   In recent weeks, increased terrorist attacks, kidnappings, criminal violence, and civil unrest have occurred throughout Afghanistan.  Hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are known to be under enduring threat.  The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan is  Level 4-Do Not Travel  due to crime, terrorism, …

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Health Alert – Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs (January 15, 2021)

Location: Worldwide – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director has signed an order requiring all airline passengers traveling to the United States, including U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs), to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 viral test or recovery from COVID-19. Event:  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide either a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel or provide a positive test result and …

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Ambassador Wilson’s Statement on the Violent Assault on the U.S. Capitol

Last week’s violent assault on the U.S. Capitol as Congress met to certify the results of our presidential election and the victory of President-elect Biden captured public attention around the world.  Our elected representatives demonstrated anew the importance of the U.S. Constitution and laws for safeguarding our republic and our freedoms.  The United States, its …

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Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Qatar and Turkmenistan

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad departed for travel to South and Central Asia as well as the Middle East on January 3. In Doha he will meet with the two Afghan teams, encourage them, and offer U.S. support to accelerate the peace process — an immediate, significant reduction in violence and …

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Working to End GBV in Afghanistan

By Ambassador Ross Wilson and  Dr. Tina Dooley-Jones, Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Embassy Kabul Last week concluded the 2020 Global 16 Days of Activism, the global call to action to end gender-based violence (GBV).  As we reflect on this campaign, we are startled to see that GBV continues around the world, …

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Executive Order on Ensuring Access to United States Government COVID-19 Vaccines

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1. Purpose. Through unprecedented collaboration across the United States Government, industry, and international partners, the United States expects to soon have safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines available for …

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Statement on targeted attacks on media representatives, civil society and civilians

The EU Delegation, diplomatic missions of the EU Member States Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Sweden, Australia, Canada, the NATO Mission to Afghanistan, Norway, the United Kingdom and the U.S. Mission based in Kabul strongly condemn the recent targeted and unlawful attacks on representatives of the media, religious leaders and …

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U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. This inclusive body is chaired by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting …

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The United States Welcomes Major Milestone in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DECEMBER, 2, 2020 The United States welcomes the Agreement announced today by the negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban. This Agreement is a major milestone in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations that have been underway since September 12, 2020. The Agreement codifies the rules and …

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Communiqué on the 2020 Conference on Afghanistan

The following is the text of a joint communiqué issued by the 66 countries and 32 international organizations participating in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference. Begin text: The 2020 Afghanistan Conference took place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva with participants from 66 countries and 32 international organizations. The Conference was held in a virtual …

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U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference

U.S. Reinforces Commitment to Secure, Stable, Democratic, and Self-Reliant Afghanistan at 2020 Conference. The United States participated in the 2020 Afghanistan Conference on November 23-24, the sixth quadrennial gathering to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference was hosted virtually by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the Government of Finland, and …

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U.S. Remarks at 2020 Afghanistan Conference

Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale: Let me begin by thanking the Government of Finland and Special Envoy Taalas; the government of Afghanistan and President Ghani; and the UN, including Special Representative Lyons, for organizing this conference, especially with the constraints posed by COVID-19. We continue to support a negotiated settlement in Doha that …

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U.S. Participation in the Afghanistan 2020 Conference

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale will lead the United States delegation to the Afghanistan 2020 Conference, held virtually November 23-24. This event is the sixth quadrennial gathering of approximately 70 countries and international organizations coming together to coordinate international development support for Afghanistan. The conference is being hosted by the Government …

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Security Alert – Kabul – November 21, 2020

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of two bomb attacks earlier this morning in Kabul City. Additionally, media is reporting that 10 rockets were launched around 8:50 am in Kabul City this morning. There are reports that the rockets landed in the heart of Kabul City in PD1 causing casualties and damage. As a reminder, in accordance …

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STATEMENT: Condemning the Assassination of Abdul Wase Ghafari

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO November 06, 2020  Condemning the Assassination of Abdul Wase Ghafari The United States condemns the assassination of Abdul Wase Ghafari, the father of Mayor Zarifa Ghafari, in Kabul. Since I awarded Mayor Ghafari the International Women of Courage Award …

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Security Alert

Location: Kabul University Event:  There are reports of gunfire at Kabul University. Early reports indicate that multiple people may have been wounded. The local Afghan National Security Defense Forces have responded to the scene. Actions to Take: ·        Avoid the area of Kabul University ·        Notify friends and family of your safety ·        Monitor local media for updates ·        Be aware …

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MEDIA NOTE

Joint Statement on Afghanistan – Turkmenistan – United States of America Trilateral Meeting The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan on the occasion of the inaugural Afghanistan – Turkmenistan – United States of America Trilateral Meeting. Begin Text: …

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STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO

Condemning the Attempt on the Life of International Woman of Courage Mayor Zarifa Ghafari The United States unreservedly condemns the latest attempted assassination of the mayor of Maidan Shar, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Mayor Zarifa Ghafari. She is a recipient of the 2020 International Women of Courage award, and this is the sixth assassination attempt …

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Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Qatar

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad departed for Doha, Qatar and the region on September 29.  While in the region, Ambassador Khalilzad will meet with partners to discuss Afghan-owned, Afghan-led peace negotiations and prospects for increased regional connectivity, trade, and development following a peace settlement.  Ambassador Khalilzad will also meet with the negotiating …

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Testimony of Zalmay M. Khalilzad U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation

Good morning Chairman Lynch, Ranking Member Grothman, and distinguished members of the Committee. I regret that circumstances did not allow me to appear before this Committee sooner during the last several months. I regard making myself available to Congress as one of my most important responsibilities, and I welcome the opportunity today and am honored …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul warns U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Afghanistan, including a heightened risk of attacks targeting female government and civilian workers, including teachers, human rights activists, office workers, and government employees. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. …

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Rewards for Justice – Increased Reward Offer for Information on ISIS Leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahman al-Mawla

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is increasing its reward – now up to $10 million — for information leading to the identification or location of ISIS’s new leader Amir Muhammad Sa’id Abdal-Rahma al-Mawla. This represents a doubling of the previous reward offer of up to $5 million announced in August 2019. …

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International Day of Democracy

Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State In recognition of the International Day of Democracy on September 15, we reaffirm the right of every citizen to take part in the processes of democratic self-governance. Democracies are accountable to their citizens. They respect the Rule of Law, protect lives and property, and respect the freedoms, dignity, and …

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Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper Statement on the Commencement of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

The start of Afghanistan peace negotiations marks an historic moment in the Afghan peace process and is an important step in advancing the President’s South Asia Strategy. It is crucial for both sides to take advantage of this opportunity to make a truly Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process a success.  On this day, we remember …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with the Taliban

Office of the Spokesperson The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Taliban Political Deputy and Head of the Political Office Mullah Beradar and members of the Taliban negotiating team in Doha, Qatar, on the historic occasion of the start of peace negotiations. Secretary Pompeo …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Atmar

Secretary Pompeo’s Meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Afghan Acting Foreign Minister Atmar  The below is attributable to Principal Deputy Spokesperson Cale Brown: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of Afghanistan’s High Council for National Reconciliation, and acting Afghan Foreign Minister Mohammed Hanif Atmar, and members of the inclusive national …

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REMARKS BY SECRETARY OF STATE MICHAEL POMPEO AT THE INAUGURATION OF AFGHANISTAN PEACE NEGOTIATIONS, Doha, Qatar

Good afternoon. I’m honored to join you today. I offer my thanks to His Excellency the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, and my friend, Shaykh Mohamed, for Qatar’s longstanding support for this effort. Today is a truly momentous occasion. Afghans have at long last chosen to sit together and chart a new …

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate the Following Individual to a Key Administration Post

Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration: William Ruger, of Virginia, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. William Ruger serves as Vice President for Research and Policy at the Charles …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Doha, Qatar

Morgan Ortagus, Department Spokesperson Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Qatar to attend the opening ceremony of Afghanistan peace negotiations on September 12. The start of these negotiations follows intense diplomatic efforts, including the U.S.-Taliban Agreement and the U.S.-Afghanistan Joint Declaration, which were agreed to in February.

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Special Representative Khalilzad Travels to Qatar

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad departed for Doha, Qatar on September 4.  He will be traveling in the region to advance ongoing U.S. efforts to promote the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations (IAN). The Afghan people are ready for a sustainable reduction in violence and a political settlement that will end the …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location:  Throughout Afghanistan Event:  Massoud Day will occur on September 8, 2020.  An increase in Afghan Security Forces in Kabul and other major cities is expected.  Large celebratory crowds may gather at Massoud Circle, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, on Massoud Day.  Celebratory gunfire is likely in major cities.  Historically, groups of vehicles travel across Kabul City discharging small arms fire …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Throughout Afghanistan Event: The Ashura religious holiday will occur on August 29, 2020.  Expect celebrations and rituals to begin on the afternoon of August 29, 2019 and last throughout August 30.  Attacks directed against the Shia community, primarily at mosques, religious shrines, and large gatherings have occurred in the past. Actions to Take: Avoid crowds. Avoid demonstrations …

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UPDATE: The United States Continues to Lead the Global Response to COVID-19

The United States is leading the global response to COVID-19 with foreign assistance funding. The U.S. Government (USG) has allocated $20.5 billion for the development of vaccines and therapeutics, preparedness efforts, and other foreign assistance. Our global efforts build upon decades of U.S. investment in life-saving health and humanitarian assistance, and we continue to ensure …

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Statement By Secretary Pompeo Regarding Afghanistan’s Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I extend my best wishes and warm greetings to the people of Afghanistan as you celebrate the 101st anniversary of your country’s independence.     We honor the resilience and self-determination of the Afghan people, who have embarked on a new phase in their …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Resumption of Limited Emergency Passport Services

While additional overseas passport options now exist, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to operate at emergency staffing levels, and the current medical and security isolation protocols in place prevent visitors from entering the Embassy compound.  Consular services remain limited to emergency passport applications only. If your current U.S. passport has sufficient validity to depart …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan

The United States commends the participants of the Loya Jirga to be convened on August 7 to consolidate national support for peace.  We understand that they will decide on the expeditious release of the remaining Taliban prisoners from their list, the last obstacle to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.  Following the timely release of these prisoners, …

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Statement on July 29, 2020 Visit to Afghanistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

(KABUL, Afghanistan) – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on July 29.  He met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai and other officials. On behalf of the United States, Ambassador Khalilzad wished all Afghans a Happy Eid.  He …

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U.S. Provides More Than $36.7 Million for COVID-19 Response in Afghanistan

(KABUL, Afghanistan) – The United States government, through the U.S. State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has allocated more than $36.7 million to help the people of Afghanistan address the COVID-19 pandemic, and expedited $90 million in continued development assistance through the World Bank to support Afghanistan’s national health and education sectors …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Limited Resumption of Domestic Passport Services

The Department of State has announced that some domestic passport offices in the U.S. will re-open to the public at reduced capacity, effective June 11.  Domestic printing of passports for shipment to overseas posts will also re-start at reduced capacity. While additional overseas passport options now exist, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul continues to operate …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Information on Qatar Airways June and July Flights

Qatar Airways has announced additional seats available for purchase on their June 20 and June 27 flights from Kabul, and two additional flights scheduled for July 4 and 7. One-stop connections to Chicago (ORD) and Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) are available on Qatar, and additional connections to U.S. cities may be possible on the same ticket …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Updated Qatar Airways Information for May and June Flights

Qatar Airways has informed us that their May 23 flight from Kabul has sold out. Qatar has added additional commercial flights from Kabul (KBL) on May 30, June 6 and June 13, all with connections to Chicago O’Hare (ORD) through Doha. We encourage all U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents (LPR/“green card” holders) who wish …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Additional Qatar Airways Flight from Kabul to Chicago on May 23, 2020

Qatar Airways has scheduled additional ad-hoc commercial flights from Kabul (KBL), connecting through Doha to Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The next flight is scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020. Please go to https://www.qatarairways.com/en/offers/we-will-get-you-home.html (Discount Code: TRAVELHOME) to purchase your ticket. This is a commercial flight offered by Qatar Airways.  It is not a U.S. government charter flight. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Qatar Airways Flight from Kabul on May 16, 2020

The U.S. Embassy has been informed that Qatar Airways is offering an unscheduled commercial flight from Kabul to Doha, Qatar on Saturday, May 16, 2020, with connecting flights available to Chicago (ORD).  This flight is offered directly by the airline.  It is not a U.S. government charter flight.  Tickets are first come-first served, and you …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Current Status of Passport Applications for Overseas Posts

Because of public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of State began limiting its passport operations. Effective April 2, we have further limited our ability to offer routine passport and citizenship services overseas. For U.S. citizens in the United States, we are only able to offer in-person …

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Possible USG-Arranged Flight from Kabul to the United States

The U.S. Mission in Afghanistan is exploring the possibility of arranging a flight to the United States for U.S. citizens who are unable to remain in Afghanistan for the next 30-90 days.  This notice is to solicit information from U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States.  We do not have a confirmed …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Update (March 29, 2020)

Turkey has suspended all international flights and strictly limited domestic travel.  As a result, KAM Air has stopped flights to Istanbul.  There are currently no commercial options for travelers leaving Kabul. Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the  International Air Transport Association website . Additional Information: https://af.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-prevent-spread.html Actions to take: Review CDC guidance on self-quarantine and personal …

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The United States Is Leading the Humanitarian and Health Assistance Response to COVID-19

The U.S. Government is leading the world’s humanitarian and health assistance response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are mobilizing all necessary resources to respond rapidly, both at home and abroad. As part of this comprehensive and generous U.S. response, the State Department and USAID are providing an initial investment of nearly $274 million in emergency …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Movement Restrictions in Kabul (March 27, 2020)

The Afghan Ministries of Public Health and Interior jointly announced that effective midnight Saturday, March 28, the city of Kabul would be placed on lockdown for 21 days due to spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.  Afghan authorities indicated residents may only move outside their homes to obtain essential food and medicine; and provide caregiving.  Residents …

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U.S. Disappointed in Afghan Leaders

The United States is proud of our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, and admires what Afghanistan has achieved since 2001. We have forged a deep bond, especially with Afghan security forces, through shared sacrifice in responding to threats to international peace and security since 2001. Underscoring the national priority …

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Message to U.S. Citizens: Reduced Commercial Flights (March 24, 2020)

There are very few commercial flight options remaining in Afghanistan. We urge all U.S. citizens to utilize the existing commercial flights and depart Afghanistan immediately.  Flight information is changing hourly; please contact the airlines or your travel agent directly for the most current information. Information about current travel restrictions world-wide can be found on the  International Air Transport Association website

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Global Level 4 Health Advisory – Do Not Travel

The Department of State advises U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.  In countries where commercial departure options remain available, U.S. citizens who live in the United States should arrange for immediate return to the United States, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.  …

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Message to U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 19, 2020)

The U.S. Embassy cannot provide medical care or medical evacuation for U.S. citizens.  The window to leave Afghanistan on commercial airlines is closing.  We urge all U.S. citizens to consider taking advantage of existing commercial flights and depart Afghanistan immediately. Additional updates will be sent through the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  If you have …

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Security Alert: Emergency Travel Guidance

All routine consular services, including visas and American Citizens Services (ACS) such as passport renewals and notaries, are suspended at Embassy Kabul as of March 15.  This suspension of routine services will continue until further notice. If you have concerns about your health or safety in Afghanistan, now is the time to leave.  Commercial transportation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure March 15-28

March 12, 2020 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for all routine services from March 15-28, 2020. U.S. citizens who held passport, notary or other appointments during this time will be contacted separately to reschedule. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000 or 700-108-000 (after hours). Additional …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 4, 2020)

The U.S. Embassy reminds you that the risk of terrorist attacks, kidnapping, criminal violence, and civil unrest remains high in Kabul, Afghanistan’s provinces, and the roadways connecting them.  Hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are known to be under enduring threat.  Avoid becoming a target of opportunity.  Carefully …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Concludes Visit to Kabul

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and an interagency team concluded a productive visit to Afghanistan on February 2. Ambassador Khalilzad continued his ongoing consultations with Government of National Unity leaders President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on U.S. efforts to facilitate a political settlement to end the war. They also discussed …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

As the year-end holidays approach, the Embassy warns U.S. citizens that the risk of terrorist attacks remains high. Terrorist groups continue to seek western targets, including places where foreign nationals live, work, gather, and the routes connecting those places. We encourage you to carefully consider all travel and limit trips only to those necessary. The …

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Remarks by Ambassador Bass Marking International Anti-Corruption Day

President Ghani, Vice President Danesh, Chief Justice Halim, Speakers of Parliament, Ministers, Colleagues: I am pleased to speak on behalf of the United States government at this important event to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and Afghanistan’s efforts to tackle corruption. I have been the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan for just over 2 years now.  During that …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul and DEA Honor DEA-Trained Afghanistan Officers Killed in Terrorist Attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan – U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass and DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon presented the DEA Purple Heart Award to the families of nine DEA-trained Afghan officers killed in the line of duty, and six officers wounded.  Eight of the officers died and five were wounded in a terrorist attack on August 6, 2019 …

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Ambassadors’ Op-Ed: Fight Corruption, Increase Rule of Law

International Anti-Corruption Day is observed every year on December 9th. This began with the adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2003, which Afghanistan ratified in 2008. We, the Ambassadorial Anti-Corruption Group*, call on the Government of Afghanistan and its people to join forces to combat and prevent corruption. Afghanistan remains among the …

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Statement from the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) regarding allegations of sexual abuse of boys in Logar province

Statement from the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict (CAAC) regarding allegations of sexual abuse of boys in Logar province and subsequent actions against human rights defenders We, the Group of Friends of Children and Armed Conflict in Afghanistan, are extremely concerned about the allegations of sexual abuse of a large number of …

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Orange the World: End Gender-Based Violence By John R. Bass, U.S. Ambassador

I would like to extend an invitation.  It is open to each and every person in Afghanistan; every man and woman; young and old; those living from Nimroz to Badakhshan, from Paktika to Herat, and everyone in between; Pashtun, Hazara and Tajik, and yes, even Taliban.  Join me in ending gender-based violence (GBV) in Afghanistan. …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Celebrating the Release of American and Australian Hostages

Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks.  Both men were successfully recovered this morning, are in the care of the U.S. military, and will soon be reunited with their loved ones. Professors King and Weeks went to Afghanistan to teach at the American University of Afghanistan, inspired by …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Release of Two Hostages from the Taliban

Today, the United States welcomes the release of Professors Kevin King and Timothy Weeks. King, an American, and Weeks, an Australian, were professors at the American University of Afghanistan when they were kidnapped at gunpoint in August 2016. Both men were successfully recovered today and are currently receiving medical care and other support from the …

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U.S. Treasury Designates Supreme Leader of Iran’s Inner Circle Responsible for Advancing Regime’s Domestic and Foreign Oppression

Action coincides with 40th anniversary of the Iran hostage crisis WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today against Iran’s Armed Forces General Staff and nine individuals who are appointees of, or have acted for or on behalf of, Ali Khamenei, the Iranian regime’s unelected Supreme Leader …

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Statement on Ambassador Khalilzad’s Visit to Afghanistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul from October 26 to October 28 and from October 29 to November 1.  The Special Representative met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other government officials.  The Special Representative briefed the government on his recent consultations with allies, partners, and other countries in the …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The Embassy has learned that terrorist groups and individuals are seeking to increase attacks on Americans and others living or working in Kabul’s International Zone. We encourage you to consider carefully all potential travel and limit trips only to those necessary. We expect terrorists will continue to target political rallies, speeches, and …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Massoud Day and the Ashura religious holiday will occur on September 9, 2019.  An increase in Afghan Security Forces in Kabul and other major cities is expected.  Large celebratory crowds may gather at Massoud Circle, adjacent to the U.S. Embassy, on Massoud Day.  Celebratory gunfire is likely in major cities.  Historically, …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals, including U.S. citizens, are known to be under enduring threat.  These sites have been attacked repeatedly and without warning.  You should be vigilant and exercise caution when visiting places where foreigners in Afghanistan gather or reside.  You should avoid crowds, …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Travels to Qatar and Afghanistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad will depart on travel to Qatar and Afghanistan on August 20. In Doha, Ambassador Khalilzad will resume talks with the Taliban as part of an overall effort to facilitate a peace process that ends the conflict in Afghanistan. In Kabul, he will consult with the leadership of …

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U.S. Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance for Afghans

The United States announces an additional amount of nearly $125 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of vulnerable Afghans inside Afghanistan, including internally displaced persons, conflict and flood-affected communities, and Afghan returnees. This brings the total U.S. funding in this fiscal year to the Afghan humanitarian response to nearly $190 million, including for …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Continuing threats exist against hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals including U.S. citizens in Kabul.  These sites have been attacked repeatedly, without warning, and you should be vigilant and exercise caution when visiting places where foreigners in Afghanistan gather or reside. Actions to Take: Consult …

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Joint Statement on the Call between President Ghani and Secretary Pompeo

Secretary Pompeo and President Ghani spoke by phone on July 24 and agreed that now is the time to accelerate efforts to reach a negotiated end to the war in Afghanistan.  Secretary Pompeo assured President Ghani that there has been no change to President Trump’s South Asia strategy, including U.S. commitment to a conditions-based drawdown.  …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

July 18, 2019 Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Continuing threats exist against hotels, residential compounds, international organizations, embassies, and other locations frequented by foreign nationals including U.S. citizens in Kabul.  These sites have been attacked repeatedly, without warning, and you should be vigilant and exercise caution when visiting places where foreigners in Afghanistan gather or reside. Actions …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 3, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: As of June 2019, militants plan to use vehicle borne improvised explosive devices to attack private U.S. contractors located at Afghan police, military, or other government buildings in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.  Private U.S. citizens may also be targeted.  Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a fully charged communication device. …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Attack in Kabul

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s heinous terrorist attack, claimed by the Taliban, in which Afghan civilians and security personnel were killed and severely wounded. The attack involved a vehicle bombing and gun assault on an Afghan defense facility, also damaging nearby civic and cultural centers and a primary school, injuring dozens …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Terrorist Attack in Kabul

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO July 1, 2019 Condemning Today’s Appalling Attack In Kabul The United States strongly condemns the horrific attack in Kabul today that killed an unconfirmed number of people and wounded more than 100 others, including as many as 50 children.  We offer our sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families, and our wishes …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 29, 2019) Location: Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan Event: As of early June 2019, militants plan to kidnap and murder United States citizens in Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh Province, Afghanistan.  The militants intend to kidnap the United States citizens from their homes in Mazar-e-Sharif.   Actions to Take: Consider departing Afghanistan Keep …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Political protesters have started gathering at the Ghazi Stadium, just east and south of the International Zone.  The Embassy expects thousands of protesters to attend, resulting in traffic disruptions and increased security in the area. Terrorists and extremist organizations frequently exploit the presence of crowds to attack civilians, often striking without …

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Joint Press Release from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on the Occasion of World Refugee Day

Today on World Refugee Day, the U.S. Embassy and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), held a joint reception to mark the 40th year of Afghan displacement, and urged the international community to increase efforts to create an environment conducive to the voluntary return of Afghan refugees and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 19, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent and terrorist groups and criminal organizations continue to target U.S. citizens and foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including Western diplomats, doctors and other medical professionals, engineers, teachers, aid and development workers, government employees, journalists, and visitors. In addition, these groups may …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 10, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy has received ongoing reports that terrorists continue to plan attacks against non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other entities in Kabul, Afghanistan that are suspected to have an affiliation with the U.S. government, USAID, or other foreign governments. As highlighted in previous messages, terrorists conduct attacks using vehicle-borne, magnetic, or other …

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Visit of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad

 For Immediate Release June 9, 2019 U.S Embassy in Kabul Statement Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul today for consultations with leaders of the National Unity Government, political leaders, civil society, and women to discuss progress in U.S. efforts to facilitate an inclusive peace process.  His arrival in Kabul follows …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (June 5, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  The U.S. Embassy has received reports that terrorists continue to plan attacks of varying complexity against targets in Afghanistan where foreign citizens and diplomats may gather or stay, including hotels, housing compounds, and Afghan, U.S., other foreign government, and Non-Governmental Organization offices and facilities. Actions to Take: Consult with security providers at …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  During the upcoming period, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks.  Terrorist and other groups continue to target foreigners for kidnapping and attacks at locations such as hotels, residential compounds, security checkpoints, government facilities, and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 22, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Due to political developments, increased security restrictions may cause traffic disruptions over the next several days.  There may also be an increased likelihood of protests during the upcoming period.  In addition, the U.S. Embassy has received reports that militants continue to plan attacks of varying complexity against targets in Kabul where foreign …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of mid-May 2019, the U.S. Embassy has received reports that militants continue to plan attacks of varying complexity against targets in Kabul where foreign citizens, foreign diplomats, and Afghan government officials may gather or stay, including hotels, housing compounds, and Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities. Actions to …

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Arrival of Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs

May 12, 2019 U.S. State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells arrived today in Kabul to participate in the opening of the U.S.-Afghan Civilian Assistance Review.  The Review will strengthen Afghan institutions and promote Afghan self-reliance, and is an element of the investment the U.S. makes in …

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Condemning the Attack on U.S. NGO in Kabul

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC May 9, 2019 The United States strongly condemns the Taliban attack against Counterpart International, a U.S. nonprofit organization and USAID implementing partner in Kabul. The organization targeted yesterday runs programs that encourage dialogue on peace, increase youth participation, and improve opportunities for women. Its Afghan …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Despite the increased police presence, U.S. citizens should continue to exercise caution while traveling in Kabul and throughout Afghanistan.  Public buildings, government buildings, airports, schools, hospitals, hotels, and public gatherings all have been targets of terrorist attacks in the past year.  Attacks can occur at any time without warning.  Remain vigilant and …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure April 28-May 2, 2019

U.S. Embassy Kabul Routine Message for U.S. Citizens:  Consular Section Closure April 28-May 2, 2019 April 25, 2019 Due to the local holidays declared for April 28 through May 2, 2019, the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services during this time. All U.S. citizens who held passport or other appointments …

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Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (April 23, 2019)

Location:  Kabul, Afghanistan Events:  U.S. Embassy personnel in Kabul are restricted to essential travel only from April 28 to May 2.  Afghan national holidays and public events at the end of April and beginning of May are expected to increase the number of visitors to Kabul.  An increased police and security presence, large numbers of vehicles …

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Special Representative Khalilzad’s Visit to Kabul

Statement on the Visit by Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to Kabul Ambassador Khalilzad departed Kabul this evening following productive talks with President Ghani on accelerating a settlement process, reducing violence across Afghanistan, and supporting Afghan security forces if violence continues.   He also discussed these topics with former President Karzai, leaders of …

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Ambassador Bass Visits Mazar-e-Sharif

Ambassador John R. Bass visited Mazar-e-Sharif today.  He met with women from the area and discussed the United States’ support for peace in Afghanistan and the importance of an inclusive intra-Afghan dialogue.  Ambassador Bass joined NATO Resolute Support Mission Commander General Austin Scott Miller in a meeting with regional and national security officials to discuss …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Nowruz

Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC March 25, 2019 I would like to wish a Happy Nowruz to the people of Iran, and to everyone who celebrates this ancient tradition that marks the arrival of spring and a New Year, including people in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, …

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Ambassador Bass Announces Humanitarian Assistance in Herat

Ambassador John R. Bass visited Herat today where he met with Herat Provincial Governor Abdul Qaiyoum Rahimi, Badghis Provincial Governor Abdul Ghafoor Malakzai, local civil society activists, UN agencies, NGOs, and displaced Afghans based in Herat.  They discussed the needs of internally displaced persons in Herat and Badghis provinces, as well as the United States’ …

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State Department Media Note: Consultations With the European Union on the Afghan Peace Process

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019   U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan Ambassador Roland Kobia met in Washington, D.C., for consultations on the Afghan peace process, on March 21-22, 2019. They agreed that bringing an end to Afghanistan’s war and …

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State Department Media Note: Consultations With China and Russia on the Afghan Peace Process

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 22, 2019   Representatives of the United States, China, and Russia met in Washington, D.C., March 21-22, 2019. The parties exchanged views on the current status of the Afghan peace process and discussed common efforts to bring peace, prosperity, and security to Afghanistan. They underscored their …

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U.S. Ambassador Bass Discusses Peace Efforts with Civil Society and Political Stakeholders

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass met with civil society representatives at the U.S. Embassy this week.  During their meeting, Ambassador Bass provided an update on U.S. efforts to promote an intra-Afghan dialogue and peace in Afghanistan.  The Ambassador emphasized that the agreement in draft will only be finalized when all parties come to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 18, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of mid-March 2019, the U.S. Embassy has received increased reports regarding possible attacks coinciding with the Afghan New Year holiday that will be observed on March 21. Militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including Afghan, U.S., and other foreign government offices and facilities.  Additionally, insurgents …

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Comments by U.S. Department of State Spokesperson

The following is attributable to U.S. Department of State Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino: Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale summoned Afghan National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib March 14 to reject the public comments attributed to National Security Advisor Mohib criticizing the U.S. approach to reconciliation.  Under Secretary Hale underscored the longstanding U.S. assistance and …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Abdul Ali Mazari Commemoration Gathering Attack

The United States strongly condemns the attack at a gathering commemorating the life of Afghan leader Abdul Ali Mazari in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighborhood of Kabul today.  We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  This shameless act of terrorism reveals the cowardice and cruelty of those who perpetuate violence in …

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United States Assistance to Flood Affected Afghans

In response to severe flooding affecting nine provinces in Afghanistan, the United States through USAID is working with partners to provide life-saving aid to people affected by the flooding.  This critical assistance will provide emergency shelter, hygiene kits, food, and high energy biscuits that serve as temporary meal replacements. The United States is the largest …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 4, 2019)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Kidnapping Threats against U.S. Citizens As of March 2019, there is credible evidence that U.S. citizens continue to be priority kidnapping targets for violent extremist organizations and criminal kidnap for ransom gangs. In particular, American citizens in the western police districts of Kabul City may be specifically targeted.  This includes American citizens working …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: Due to restrictions on air travel in the region, flights to and from Kabul may be delayed or canceled. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul recommends that travelers check with their airlines to confirm the status of their flights. This situation may last several days or longer. As a reminder, in accordance …

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Passing of Former Interim President Sibghatullah Mojaddedi

On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I extend our sincere condolences to the Afghan people and to the family of former interim President Sibghatullah Mojaddedi.  Through his long career in public service and education, President Mojaddedi was a staunch advocate for Afghanistan.  From serving as chairman of the Loya Jirga in 2003 and …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of late January 2019, militants continue to plan attacks against airports throughout Afghanistan, including Jalalabad Airfield. Over the past five years, insurgents have targeted a variety of places, including educational institutions, private housing compounds, commercial lodging establishments, commercial retail establishments, foreign government facilities, and host government facilities. Actions to Take: Consult …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of late January 2019, militants continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including universities and Afghan, U.S., and other government offices and facilities. Additionally, over the past five years, insurgents have targeted places including the American University of Afghanistan, multiple schools, the Green Village, multiple hotels, and …

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Jan 23, 2019 Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration Alert

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens:  Demonstration Alert January 23, 2019 Location: Approximately one mile south of Pul-e-Mahmood Khan Circle in Kabul City. Event: An ongoing demonstration is taking place in Kabul City approximately one mile south of Pul-e Mahmood Khan Circle.  The protestors are demonstrating against rent increases.  Afghan National Security Forces are providing …

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Visit by Special Representative Khalilzad to Kabul, January 15, 2019

Statement of the United States Embassy in Kabul on the Visit of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad – January 15, 2019 Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad arrived in Kabul today for meetings with President Ghani, CEO Abdullah, and political leaders to discuss the next steps in U.S. efforts to support …

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United States Condemns Kabul Attack

The United States strongly condemns the attack on a residential compound in PD9 last night that killed and injured innocent Afghan and international civilians, including children. In the face of these cowardly acts, the United States stands with the people of Afghanistan who seek a peaceful future and an end to conflict and violence. We …

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U.S. Embassy Comment on Elections Reform

The decision to delay presidential elections was made by the IEC in order to address administrative and technical deficiencies that were apparent in the parliamentary elections in the fall.  We join with the many Afghans and others in the international community who believe that serious elections reform is necessary.  It is up to the Afghans …

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Condemnation of the Attack in Kabul

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the December 24 attack on a government building in PD16.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of the victims and honor the brave first responders who risked their own lives to help the injured.  The United States stands with the government …

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Arrival of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to Kabul

Arrival of Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad to Kabul, December 19, 2018 Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad arrived today in Kabul to update President Ghani and CEO Abdullah on is engagements with regional partners and other interested parties to reach a negotiated settelemnt to the conflict in Afghanistan. Special Representative Khalilzad arrives …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Threats to U.S. Citizens in Afghanistan

As of early December 2018, there are reports that militants plan to conduct attacks using suicide bombings and a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) against hotels, compounds, international organizations, universities, airports, and other locations frequented by U.S. citizens and other foreign nationals.  There are also current, credible kidnapping and assassination plans by criminal and insurgent …

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Special Representative Khalilzad Visits Kabul December 6

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on December 6 and met with President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah. The discussion centered on his regional engagement and Afghan preparations for negotiations to reach a political settlement to the conflict.  Following the meeting, Special Representative Khalilzad departed Afghanistan for Moscow for discussions on …

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Condemnation of the Bombing in Kabul

STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON November 20, 2018 Condemnation of the Bombing in Kabul The United States strongly condemns the attack in Kabul today at a religious gathering that killed at least 40 and wounded over 60 civilians.  We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  This shameless act comes as …

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Special Representative Khalilzad Visits Kabul

The Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, returned to Kabul November 17-19 to brief President Ghani and other officials on his recent meetings with stakeholders for building peace in Afghanistan. During his visit, Special Representative Khalilzad also met with men and women active in Afghan civil society and peace efforts, members of the …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Visits Kabul

Statement from the U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan The Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, visited Kabul November 10-12.  During the visit, Special Representative Khalilzad met with a number of stakeholders in Afghanistan, both in and outside of government.  He met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other government officials, as well as …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  As of early November 2018, there are reports that militants plan to conduct attacks using suicide attackers and/or vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices (VBIEDs) against hotels, compounds, and lodging camps which house foreign workers in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that over the past five years, Park Star, Green Village, the Baron Hotel, …

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Remarks by Ambassador John R. Bass on International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Ambassador John R. Bass  International  Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists October 29, 2018   Thank you very much for joining us this evening as we gather to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. It’s a pretty long title for what is a very simple concept which is …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that the security environment in Afghanistan is unsafe. The Travel Advisory for Afghanistan< https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/afghanistan-advisory.html > lists many different types of threats, but that list is not exhaustive. U.S. citizens should be aware that extremists and terrorists have used other types of attacks, including insurgents …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass at a Roundtable with Afghan Media

On-the-Record Remarks by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John Bass at a Roundtable with Afghan Media October 17, 2018 Ambassador Bass: Colleagues, Salaam Alaikum!  Sha Raaghlast, Khosh Aamadin!  I’m very pleased to have a chance to sit down and interact with you this morning, and I apologize for being a bit late myself. I’m really pleased to …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (October 11, 2018) Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Afghanistan is scheduled to conduct Parliamentary elections on October 20.  While the government is making preparations to provide security at polling places and in major urban centers during the elections, on election day and in the period before and after, large demonstrations or gatherings …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Terrorist Attack in Nangarhar Province

The United States strongly condemns the series of attacks today in Nangarhar province which took the lives of many Afghans, including children.  These attacks, several of which took place near girls’ schools, are shocking in their disregard for innocent life.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and classmates of all the victims. We …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Terrorist Attack at Sports Center in Kabul

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s terrible attack at a sports center in Kabul which took the lives of many young people. We honor the brave first responders and journalists killed or wounded in response to the attack.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims. We stand with the …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure in Observance of Eid al Qurban

U.S. Embassy Kabul Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure in Observance of Eid al Qurban August 20, 2018   The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed from Tuesday, August 21, 2018 through Thursday, August 23, 2018, in observance of the Afghan holiday Eid al Qurban. The Consular Section …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement

 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO On Afghan Government’s Ceasefire Announcement   August 19, 2018   The United States welcomes the announcement by the Afghan government of a ceasefire conditioned on Taliban participation. This plan responds to the clear and continued call of the Afghan people for peace. The last ceasefire in Afghanistan revealed the deep desire of the …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Afghanistan’s Independence Day

Statement by Secretary POMPEO Afghanistan Independence Day On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I warmly congratulate the Afghan people as they celebrate their 99th anniversary of independence on August 19. We commend the people of Afghanistan’s resolve and determination in continuing to strive for a future of peace and prosperity. The United …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Jalalabad Attack

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s vicious attack in Jalalabad on the provincial Refugee Department, and the attacks that Jalalabad has experienced recently.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims.  We remember and salute those dedicated and brave individuals who are working for Afghanistan’s most vulnerable citizens. …

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U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass Visits Mazar-e-Sharif

Ambassador John R. Bass returned from his first visit to Mazar-e-Sharif yesterday after a day of meetings with local officials, civil society members, and NATO military leaders based there. His wife, Holly Holzer, accompanied him on the trip. Ambassador Bass said “I greatly appreciate the hospitality I received from everyone I met with in Mazar-e-Sharif. …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (July 13, 2018) Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target U.S. citizens and foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, engineers, teachers, aid and development workers, government employees, …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells Visits Kabul

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells visited Kabul June 30-July 1 to meet with Afghan and international partners.  Throughout the visit, she underscored continued U.S. support for an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and an honorable and dignified path to ending the conflict, as President Ashraf Ghani has …

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Readout of the Vice President’s Call with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Vice President Mike Pence spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan by phone today. The two leaders discussed the security situation in Afghanistan, including the recent ceasefires initiated by the Afghan Government and the Taliban. The Vice President reinforced the U.S. and international commitment to partner with and support the Afghan government and security forces. …

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Secretary Pompeo Statement On President Ghani’s Offer to Extend the Ceasefire

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 16, 2018 The United States extends its best wishes to the people of Afghanistan in celebration of Eid al-Fitr.  We welcome the ceasefire during the period of Eid.  The Afghan people this year are spending the Eid holidays with their families with renewed hope of …

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Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: In light of the upcoming Eid holiday, U.S. citizens are reminded to exercise caution in places where people are known to congregate, including public celebrations, markets, places of worship, and banks. The U.S. government remains concerned that insurgents are intent on targeting foreigners via kidnapping schemes and attacks at locations such …

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Secretary Pompeo Statement On President Ghani’s Ceasefire Offer

Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 7, 2018 The United States welcomes President Ghani’s offer of a temporary ceasefire between the Government of Afghanistan and the Taliban to allow the Afghan people to celebrate Eid al-Fitr without fear of violence. This ceasefire further demonstrates the Afghan government’s commitment to explore ways …

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Presidential Message on Ramadan

With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (May 2, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event:  Extremist groups continue to consider attacks against hotels in Kabul, particularly locations where foreigners are known to reside such as the Kabul Serena Hotel.  These groups may also be targeting places where civilians are known to congregate, including banks, markets, and public gatherings. Actions to Take: Keep a low profile Be aware …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Terrorist Attack in Kabul

The United States strongly condemns today’s senseless and barbaric attack in Kabul that killed 29 people and wounded dozens more, including several brave journalists and media professionals. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims who were injured and killed, and we mourn all those who lost their lives. The …

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On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive

STATEMENT BY ACTING SECRETARY SULLIVAN April 25, 2018 On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive We have seen the Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive. The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year. President Ghani recently extended an historic invitation for the Taliban to join …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (April 10, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Kabul, including the Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) and its surrounding areas. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. Notify a trusted person of …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (March 28, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against hotels, guesthouses, and residential compounds housing foreigners.  These groups may also target public gatherings, demonstrations, and other locations where foreigners are known to congregate. Actions to Take: Review your personal security plans and carry a communication device. …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations continue to plan attacks against a variety of civilian targets, including Afghan government facilities, government ceremonies and events, and transportation carrying government employees. Civilians in the vicinity of such targets are vulnerable to harm. Kidnapping or targeting of foreigners remains …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass Welcoming the Leadership Transition in Balkh Province

I commend today’s announcement of the transition in leadership in Balkh province, from Atta Mohammad Noor to Governor Ishaq Rahguzar.  The health of Afghanistan’s democracy depends on further strengthening institutions, resolving disputes peacefully and renewing public confidence in leaders through elections.  My government and I applaud the Afghan government and ex-Governor Atta for putting the …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul alerts U.S. citizens that extremist organizations have historically planned disruptive activities and attacks targeting celebrations and large gatherings during the annual Nowruz holiday.  U.S. citizens may notice heightened security measures, including traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed …

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U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass Visits Kandahar

Ambassador John R. Bass returned from his first visit to Kandahar today following two days of meetings with local officials and NATO and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan military leaders based there. “The representatives of Kandahar with whom I met showed me great hospitality, and I appreciated the opportunity to meet with our partners to discuss our joint …

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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (February 26, 2018)

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens of possible heightened security measures, traffic disruptions, and road closures in Kabul from Tuesday, February 27 through Thursday, March 1 due to the Kabul Process Conference. This may include roads leading to the airport and the International Zone. The U.S. Embassy in Kabul …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: President’s Day Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, February 18, 2018, in honor of the U.S. President’s Day national holiday. The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, February 19, 2018. In accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: The U.S. Embassy in Kabul advises U.S. citizens that insurgent groups and criminal organizations continue to target foreigners for kidnapping and hostage taking, including doctors and other medical professionals, teachers, aid workers, journalists, and visitors. Actions to Take: Avoid areas where Westerners are known to congregate Keep a low profile Be …

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Demonstration Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan (February 1, 2018)

Location: We received reports of possible demonstrations in various parts of Kabul.  Announced gathering points include, but are not limited to, the following areas: Shar-e-Naw Park to Saraye-Shamali Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Baraki Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Kote-Sangi Circle Shar-e-Naw Park to Shirpoor Circle   Event:  Demonstrations are expected to take place on February 1, …

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Secretary Tillerson’s Statement on Attack at Kabul Intercontinental Hotel

The United States strongly condemns yesterday’s attack at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul. We mourn all those who lost their lives in the attack, whether Afghans or citizens of other countries. We offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed and wish for the speedy recovery of those wounded. …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Intercontinental Hotel Attack

I condemn in the strongest terms last night’s heinous attack on the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul.  Such violence has no place here or anywhere in the world.  I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  I also commend the bravery and quick response of the Afghan National Defense and Security …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan

Location: Kabul, Afghanistan Event: We are aware of reports that extremist groups may be planning an attack against hotels in Kabul, such as the Hotel Baron near Hamid Karzai International Airport. These groups may also be targeting public gatherings/demonstrations, government facilities, transportation, markets, and places where foreigners are known to congregate. Actions to Take: · …

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U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley traveled to Afghanistan

U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley was among UN Security Council members who traveled to Afghanistan this week.  Ambassador Haley has consistently supported efforts to bolster international support and cooperation for peace and security in Afghanistan and the region.  She and her UNSC counterparts met with Afghan officials to underscore their commitment to cooperation …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Martin Luther King Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, January 14, 2018, in honor of the U.S. Martin Luther King national holiday.  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, January 15, 2018. In accordance with the Travel Advisory for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

January 4, 2018 On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of …

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Statement by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on Suicide Attack in Kabul

I strongly condemn today’s horrific and indiscriminate attack on civilians at a cultural and social center in Kabul. On behalf of all my colleagues, I extend sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims.  This incident once again demonstrates the depravity of those who seek to undermine peace and stability in …

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Vice President Mike Pence Meets with Senior Afghan Officials in Kabul

Vice President Mike Pence met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, and other senior Afghan leaders at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on December 21.  Vice President Pence and President Ghani were accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan John R. Bass and Resolute Support and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan Commander General John W. …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration in Kabul

The U.S. Embassy has received information that on Friday, December 15, 2017, a demonstration may occur in Kabul beginning in the Bagrami area of Police District 12 and moving towards the Id Gah mosque in Police District 1. U.S. citizens should also be alert to the possibility of future demonstrations in Kabul and other cities …

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U.S. Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan John R. Bass Presents his Credentials to President Ashraf Ghani

United States Ambassador John R. Bass presented his credentials to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani during an official ceremony at the Arg Palace today. “It was an honor to present my credentials to President Ghani today,” said Ambassador Bass.  He went on to say, “I look forward to working with the Afghan government, as well as …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kabul

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations in Kabul December 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy has received information that on Friday, December 8, 2017, marches and demonstrations may take place around Kabul and could move in the direction of the International Zone.  Crowds may begin mobilizing after morning prayers and these gatherings could …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Enhanced Security Awareness

The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal security. Review your …

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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells Meets Afghan and International Partners in Kabul

During a three-day visit to Kabul, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, National Directorate of Security Chief Mohammad Masoom Stanekzai, Secretary General of the High Peace Council Akram Khapalwak, Foreign Minister …

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U.S., Afghan Governments Launch Program to Give Students Access to Learning Materials

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – Today, U.S. Embassy Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens and Chief Executive of Afghanistan, His Excellency Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, launched the Second Textbook Printing and Distribution Project. The project is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program for the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE). USAID will provide $75 million to …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Secretary Tillerson’s Visit to Afghanistan

Secretary Tillerson and President Ghani met at Bagram Airfield north of Kabul on October 23 and together reaffirmed the U.S.-Afghan commitment to achieving peace, stability, and long-term prosperity in Afghanistan.  The Secretary stated that the new U.S. strategy for South Asia makes clear the United States’ commitment to working with the government of Afghanistan and …

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Statement By U.S. Department of State on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

The United States strongly condemns the October 20 terrorist attacks in Kabul and Ghor, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week.  We commend the Government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks, and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those …

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U.S. Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Condemns Attacks in Paktiya and Ghazni

I strongly condemn the October 17 Taliban-Haqqani terrorist attacks in Paktiya and Ghazni provinces, which killed more than 70 civilians and police personnel, including the Paktiya provincial police chief, and wounded at least 200 individuals. This heinous attack targeting brave and dedicated Afghan police forces shows blatant disrespect for human life and the rights of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Traveling to Turkey

Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known as an e-visa).  At the present time, U.S. citizens are no longer permitted to apply for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes in Social Security Administration Services

As of October 1, 2017, only U.S. Embassies and Consulates with dedicated Federal Benefits Units are permitted to assist with most Social Security Administration matters.  We do not have such an office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  Therefore, if you reside in Afghanistan and have questions regarding Social Security Administration (SSA) services, you must …

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Message of U.S. Citizens Travel To Turkey

U.S. Embassy Kabul Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Citizens Traveling to Turkey October 12, 2017   Effective October 8, the Government of Turkey suspended visa services to U.S. citizens, to include the issuance of physical “sticker” visas at the Turkish Embassy and Consulates in the United States and the online Turkish electronic visa (otherwise known …

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Message on Federal Benefits Services

U.S. Embassy Kabul Message for U.S. Citizens: Changes in Social Security Administration Services October 11, 2017   As of October 1, 2017, only U.S. Embassies and Consulates with dedicated Federal Benefits Units are permitted to assist with most Social Security Administration matters.  We do not have such an office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.  …

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Remarks by USAID Assistant to the Administrator Greg Huger for the Senior Officials Meeting

Good morning. It is a pleasure to be with you today and it was a pleasure to hear His Excellency President Ghani describe the progress that the Afghan government has made since the United States, and representatives from 100 other countries and international organizations met last year in Brussels. I am returning to Afghanistan after …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Closure and Possible Traffic Disruptions

This security message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens of possible traffic disruptions and road closures in Kabul on Wednesday, October 4 and/or Thursday, October 5, possibly including roads leading to the airport and the International Zone.  U.S. citizens may also notice heightened security measures around the city and are advised to avoid central Kabul …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security During Ashura Holiday

With the Afghan observance of 10th of Muharram (Ashura) over the weekend, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security.  There is an increased likelihood of extremist groups targeting Shi’a Muslims in terrorist attacks during Ashura.  Maintain a high level of vigilance when visiting …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Kabul Airport Attack September 27, 2017

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of an indirect fire attack against Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport, starting at approximately 11:00 a.m. local time.  The attack may still be ongoing.  Authorities report that the airport is closed at this time.  The Embassy urges all U.S. citizens to avoid the area, until authorities have …

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Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Statement on Meeting with Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Leader of Hizb-e Islami

Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens met on September 26 with Hizb-e Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.  Ambassador Llorens reiterated the U.S. government’s support for the success and continuing implementation of the historic peace agreement between the National Unity Government and Hizb-e Islami, and he emphasized the critical need for a broad, inclusive peace process led by the Afghan government and Afghan people. Ambassador Llorens welcomed Hekmatyar’s stated commitment to peace and democracy and emphasized the importance of respect for human rights, constitutional norms, and freedom of expression in maintaining …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: October Holiday Closures September 26, 2017

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services on Sunday, October 1, 2017, in observance of the Afghan holiday 10th of Muharram (Ashura).  The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, October 2, 2017. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

President Donald J. Trump met today with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan in New York. President Trump and President Ghani expressed their commitment to fully implementing President Trump’s new South Asia strategy to defeat terrorism and ensure the safety and security of the American and Afghan people. They discussed economic development issues, including how American …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kidnapping Threats

U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Kidnapping Threats September 21, 2017 The threat to U.S. citizens of kidnapping and hostage taking is very high in Afghanistan. The U.S. Embassy continues to receive reports of kidnap-for-ransom groups targeting foreigners, including doctors and other medical professionals, teachers, aid workers, and visitors. The U.S. Embassy takes …

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U.S. Embassy Statement Condemning Suicide Bombing at Cricket Match

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan strongly condemns the horrific attack claimed by ISIS-K terrorists at the Alokozay Kabul International Cricket Ground yesterday afternoon.  We recognize in particular the bravery and sacrifice of the police officers and other security forces who were killed and wounded as they prevented even more bloodshed.  The spirit of cricket is …

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Statement by Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Passing of Nancy Dupree

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Nancy Dupree, a pillar of the American community in Afghanistan for many decades, whose love for this country and dedication to its culture and history will be forever remembered.  Ms. Dupree worked tirelessly for the preservation of history and culture in Afghanistan since she arrived in 1962.  …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: Labor Day Day Holiday Closure

The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in honor of the U.S. Labor Day national holiday. The Consular Section will reopen for normal operations on Monday, September 4, 2017. In accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against travel …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security During Upcoming Holidays

As the Afghan observance of Eid-ul-Qurban over the weekend, Martyrs’ Day on September 9, 2017, and the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approach, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens of the continued need for caution and vigilance regarding your personal security. Demonstrations and additional local security related to public ceremonies could …

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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the U.S. Afghanistan Policy

Thank you Director Sediqi.  This week has been historic in more ways than one, and I think it is appropriate that General Nicholson and I come before you together to discuss this historic moment. The United States is an enduring partner to Afghanistan, and President Trump’s words on Tuesday reinforced that commitment before the American …

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U.S.-Afghan Statement on the Bilateral Compact Executive Committee Meeting

President Ashraf Ghani initiated a process within the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan over the past couple of months. The Compact is an Afghan-led initiative to demonstrate the government’s commitment to creating a peaceful, stable, and prosperous society and is an important factor upon which the United States relied when developing key components …

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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on U.S. Afghanistan Policy Review

Yesterday evening, President Donald Trump spoke to the American people and the world about our government’s new strategy and renewed commitment to success here in Afghanistan and in the broader South Asia region.  The President was very clear about the United States’ continuing support for the Government of National Unity and you, the Afghan people, …

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Statement by Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Llorens on the Occasion of Afghan Independence Day

It’s an honor for me to congratulate all Afghans as you celebrate your country’s 98th year of independence.  Like our own Independence Day, August 19 is an opportunity for Afghans of all ethnic groups to reflect on their remarkable history and rich culture.  All of us in the United States have great respect for everything …

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Ambassador Alice Wells Meets Afghan and International Partners in Kabul

During a two-day visit to Kabul, Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Alice Wells met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, and other senior Afghan leaders to discuss issues of mutual …

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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on NATO Convoy in Kabul Province

U.S. Embassy Kabul strongly condemns the Thursday, August 3 attack on a NATO convoy in Kabul Province resulting in the death of one Resolute Support Mission solider and Afghan civilians. In addition, five members of the convoy, including an interpreter, sustained injuries. This cowardly suicide attack, carried out while this courageous team was on security …

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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on NATO Convoy in Kandahar

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul condemns yesterday’s reprehensible attack on a convoy of NATO forces in Kandahar, which tragically led to the deaths of two American service members. These brave soldiers and their team of international colleagues were working shoulder-to-shoulder with Afghan security forces to achieve security and prosperity for all Afghans.  We commend their …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Herat Mosque Attack

The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan condemns the deplorable attacks against worshippers at the Jawadia Mosque in Herat yesterday evening.  We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured. We commend the government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to this latest act of cowardly violence against innocent …

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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack in West Kabul

For Immediate Release July 24, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the Taliban’s suicide bombing in western Kabul today.   This deadly attack on brave and dedicated Afghan public servants shows blatant disrespect for human life and the rights of all Afghans to live peacefully and free from terror.  The United States stands with the people …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations Planned for July 23 and July 24, 2017

The U.S. Embassy has received information that on July 23 and July 24, 2017, there may be large scale gatherings and protests in various parts of Kabul, Afghanistan.  The reports indicate the demonstrations may start in areas southwest of the U.S. Embassy and move north and east along major city streets including Sevom Aqrab Road and …

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Remarks by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Legal Case against First Vice President Dostum

I want to be very clear; it is not for me to speak on the technicalities of legal cases in Afghanistan.  Nevertheless, my government, the international community, and the Afghan people, support the continued serious investigation and possible follow up legal actions in the case of First Vice President Dostum and his associates. The allegations …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Security Message for U.S. Citizens – July 3, 2017

  The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that there are demonstrations planned for today, July 3.  The reports indicate the demonstration may start in the area of Airport Circle to the north of the U.S. Embassy and move south and east towards Jalalabad Road.  Embassy personnel have been advised to avoid this area. …

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Remarks by Ambassador Hugo Llorens at Resolute Support Commemoration Ceremony for the Victims of the May 31 Attack in Kabul

Good evening, General Nicholson, Mrs. Nicholson, my distinguished colleagues and friends, honored guests.  I myself feel the weight of the honor of being invited to speak at this solemn occasion.  As Americans here in Afghanistan, we know too well what we ask of our men and women, many who leave behind their families and homes …

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Routine U.S. Embassy Kabul Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure July 4, 2017 for U.S. Independence Day Holiday

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in observance of the U.S. Independence Day. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for Afghanistan , Travel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information. Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP ) to …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr

On behalf of my wife Lisett, our Embassy family, the American people and the U.S. government, I would like to extend my best wishes to the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.  Tonight marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, and Afghans throughout this great nation—and indeed the world—are now …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure for Eid al-Fitr and Security Reminder

U.S. Embassy Kabul June 22, 2017 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services during the three days of Eid al-Fitr, which will likely start on Sunday, June 25, or Monday, June 26. Emergency and urgent American citizen services will be continue to be available. With the start …

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The United States Welcomes the Announcement of Election Date for Parliamentary Elections

The United States welcomes today’s announcement by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) of a July 7, 2018 date for parliamentary elections in Afghanistan. Regular elections are the hallmark of a healthy democratic society.  The holding of parliamentary elections is of paramount importance, giving people an opportunity to exercise their fundamental right to choose their legislative …

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Ambassador Hugo Llorens Special Chargé d’Affaires Remarks at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies – June 15, 2017

Key Elements:  Again, we have now a new administration. As Davood mentioned, we are, have been in the last several months, in a policy review process which is normal.  But again, the interesting thing is that Afghanistan is one of the first countries where the new administration conducted its policy review, which again, although it’s …

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Statement by Ambassador Llorens on the Kabul Process

On behalf of the Administration of President Donald Trump and the American people, I want to congratulate President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah and the Government of National Unity for yesterday’s historic Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation Conference.  Given the heart-breaking tragedies of the past week, all Afghans showed tremendous courage and determination hosting …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Statement on the Kabul Process on Peace and Security

The United States welcomes today’s meeting of the “Kabul Process on Peace and Security” convened by the Afghan government. This conference brings together nearly 30 international partners for what we hope will be candid and productive conversations to advance peace, security, and connectivity in Afghanistan and the region. The United States stands resolved with the …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Attack Near the German Embassy in Kabul

I condemn today’s deadly attack near the German Embassy compound in Kabul in the strongest possible terms.  Carried out in a busy street during the morning rush hour, and during the holy month of Ramadan, this horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists’ complete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure June 1, 2017 and Security Reminder

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine visa and American Citizen Services on Thursday, June 1 and will resume normal operations on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance can call the American Citizen Services section at 070-011-4000 or send an email to  KabulACS@state.gov . In accordance with the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Section Closure June 1, 2017 and Security Reminder

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine visa and American Citizen Services on Thursday, June 1 and will resume normal operations on Sunday, June 4, 2017.  U.S. citizens needing emergency assistance can call the American Citizen Services section at 070-011-4000 or send an email to  KabulACS@state.gov . In accordance with the …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Attack Near the German Embassy in Kabul

I condemn today’s deadly attack near the German Embassy compound in Kabul in the strongest possible terms. Carried out in a busy street during the morning rush hour, and during the holy month of Ramadan, this horrific and shameful attack demonstrates these terrorists’ complete disregard for human life and their nihilistic opposition to the dream …

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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan

President Donald J. Trump met briefly today with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan on the margins of the Islamic Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. President Trump welcomed President Ghani’s leadership in Afghanistan on fighting terrorism and implementing key reforms. He also commended the brave service of Afghan security forces as they fight to secure their …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Attack in Kabul

I condemn this morning’s utterly despicable attack in downtown Kabul.  In recent days some have rejected violence and recognized that the only future for Afghanistan is through constructive dialogue and peace.  Unfortunately, there are those who refuse to allow Afghans their chance at peace, and instead insist on killing and maiming innocent civilians.  I extend …

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U.S. Embassy Kabul Statement on the Return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

The United States welcomes the Government of National Unity’s steps to fulfill its obligations in implementing the peace agreement it signed with the representatives of Hizb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). Continued, successful progress towards this vital goal was most recently demonstrated by the return of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar to Afghanistan. We consider this step clear evidence of the …

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U. S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster Traveled to Afghanistan

U.S. National Security Advisor Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, joined by a senior U.S. interagency delegation, met with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, National Security Advisor Atmar, and other senior leaders in the National Unity Government to discuss shared priorities and our strong bilateral cooperation in Afghanistan during a two-day visit.  The leaders discussed regional …

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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Nowruz

March 22, 2017 I wish a joyful and prosperous Nowruz to all those around the world celebrating this ancient tradition that marks the beginning of spring and the beginning of a new year. Millions of people across the world, including communities in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, India, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Syria, Tajikistan, …

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Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Reports of Gunfire and Explosion Northwest of Embassy Compound

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports of ongoing gunfire and an explosion northwest of the U.S. Embassy compound at the Afghan National Army (ANA) Hospital, known as Wazir Akbar Khan (WAK) Hospital or “Sardar Mohammad Dawood Khan Hospital” at approximately 09:05AM.  Initial reports of this being a NDS Hospital are incorrect.  Embassy personnel …

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U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Afghan National Army Hospital in Kabul

March 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns today’s deadly attack on an Afghan National Army Hospital in Kabul. The attack demonstrates the blatant disregard for human life by those seeking to disrupt Afghanistan’s democratic progress.  Targeting a medical facility providing care for the brave Afghans working to protect their fellow citizens is abhorrent and …

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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Parliamentary Elections

March 2, 2017 Holding timely, credible, and transparent parliamentary elections is an essential step along Afghanistan’s path to greater stability, security, and prosperity.  I am encouraged to see momentum building toward bringing Afghans back to polling stations and the ballot box to choose their representatives.  My colleagues at the U.S. Embassy and I will work …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on the Terrorist Attacks in Kabul, Afghanistan

March 1, 2017 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s deadly attacks in Kabul in the strongest possible terms.  To callously target Afghan men and women who devote their lives to serving and defending their fellow citizens, as the Taliban did today, is an act of extraordinary cowardice.  We share the sorrow of all Afghans over these …

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Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

February 20, 2017 Illicit drug production and trafficking are among the most insidious and destructive challenges we face–together with our brave Afghan government and security force partners.  These drugs fuel violence, abuse, and addiction of the Afghan people, and indeed the world.   Drugs are a poison to our youth and have created a serious public …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attack in Jowzjan Province, Afghanistan

February 9, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attack on six staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Jowzjan Province.  Those responsible for this despicable act have a complete disregard for human life.  There is no possible justification for the murder of selfless humanitarian workers committed to alleviating suffering …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

February 8, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attacks at the Afghan Supreme Court in Kabul that killed at least 21 innocent Afghans and wounded more than 40. This was an attack on the very foundation of Afghan democracy and the rule of law. The terrorists who committed this dastardly act have no …

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Ambassador Llorens Congratulates Afghanistan on Opening of New Permanent Facility for Anti-Corruption Justice Center

January 29, 2017 Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the establishment of a new permanent facility for the Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Kabul.  The new location will provide a secure and functional environment for the investigators, trial attorneys, and judges of the Anti-Corruption Justice Center to help them carry out their vital mandate to investigate …

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Readout of the President’s Call with President Ghani and CEO Abdullah of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

January 18, 2017 President Obama spoke by phone today with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, who was joined by Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. President Obama expressed his deep appreciation for the steadfast partnership between the United States and Afghanistan.  He commended the leaders for their commitment to the Afghan …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

January 11, 2017 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s deadly attacks in Kabul that killed at least 38 innocent Afghans and wounded more than 70.  We also condemn the heinous attacks on the Kandahar Governor’s Office that killed at least 10 people and wounded 21, including the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Afghanistan and Emirati …

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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Ned Price on Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

January 11, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Parliamentary buildings in Kabul today that killed at least 38 Afghans and wounded more than 70. An attack on Parliamentary facilities and lawmakers is clearly an assault on Afghanistan’s efforts to build democratic institutions. We also strongly condemn the terrorist attack today in …

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Statement of Under Secretary of State Thomas Shannon during camera spray at the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs

January 7, 2017 Ambassador Shannon: Well, thank you very much. I am deeply grateful to the Acting Minister for his hospitality today both in serving us a wonderful Afghan lunch but also for the excellent conversation that we had…I only want to underscore that the purpose of my trip was two-fold. First as the administration …

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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon Travels to Afghanistan and Austria

January 7, 2017 Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and other senior government officials.  Ambassador Shannon underscored the strong partnership between the United States and Afghanistan and reiterated our continued commitment to Afghanistan’s peace, prosperity, and security. …

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Statement on the Arrival of Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens (December 19, 2016)

December 19, 2016 Ambassador Hugo Llorens, Special Chargé d’Affaires, a.i, has assumed responsibilities as Chief of the U.S. Mission to Afghanistan. Ambassador Llorens, who previously served as Assistant Chief of Mission in Kabul from 2012 to 2013, returns to Afghanistan to lead the U.S. Mission in its ongoing efforts to bolster Afghanistan’s embrace of democracy, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Reminder

December 14, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that serious threats to safety and security exist in the city of Kabul and throughout Afghanistan.  The threat of kidnapping is high. The potential also exists for protests to occur in Afghan cities at short notice.  Militant groups usually plan attacks against locations and individuals …

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Afghanistan Top Exports at “Exhibition Afghanistan” in Dubai (December 8, 2016)

December 8, 2016 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries, held a five-day event called Exhibition Afghanistan in Dubai to drive exports of Afghan products ranging from carpets and cashmere to almonds and apparel. The two-part program consisted of a business-to-business matchmaking event on December …

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Heart of Asia Ministerial Intervention (December 4, 2016)

Remarks by Laurel Miller – Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan – Heart of Asia—Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference – Amritsar, India – December 4, 2016 It is an honor to join all the distinguished participants at this year’s Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference. On behalf of President Obama and Secretary Kerry, I want to …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens (November 22, 2016)

November 22, 2016 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services on Thursday, November 24, 2016 in observance of the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-114-000. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for AfghanistanTravel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information. Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  (STEP )  to receive security …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Kabul Mosque Attack (November 21, 2016)

November 21, 2016 We strongly condemn today’s attack on worshippers at the Baqir-ul-Olum mosque in Kabul and extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of this senseless and cowardly act. This attack is another demonstration of contempt for religious tolerance and communal harmony by the enemies of peace and progress …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens

November 12, 2016  Consular Section Closed – November 13, 2016 In light of the November 12 attack on Bagram Airfield and the November 10 attack on the German Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, the U.S. Embassy in Kabul will be closed for routine services on Sunday, November 13 as a temporary precautionary measure.  The consular section will only provide …

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U.S. Embassy Statement on Kabul Shrine Attack (October 12, 2016)

October 12, 2016 We strongly condemn yesterday evening’s attack on worshippers at Kabul’s Kart-e-Sakhi shrine and extend our deepest condolences to families and friends of the victims of this senseless and cowardly act. This attack is another demonstration of contempt for religious tolerance and communal harmony by the enemies of peace and progress in Afghanistan. …

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Statement by John Kirby, Spokesperson on Attacks against Ashura Mourners (October 12, 2016)

October 12, 2016 The United States condemns the deplorable attacks against worshippers at Shia shrines in Kabul yesterday evening and against Ashura mourners today in Balkh province. We send our deepest condolences to the families and friends of those killed and injured. Such attacks are clearly intended to drive sectarian tension in Afghanistan.  We commend …

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Recent Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has received reports that several heavily armed suicide bombers entered the Karte Sakhi Mosque (PD-3) and may have opened fire on parishioners.  It is believed the insurgents are now holding hostages.  Afghan security forces have deployed to the site. As a reminder, in accordance with the Travel Warning for Afghanistan , the Department of …

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Message for U.S. Citizens

October 5, 2016 Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want …

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Recent Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens

October 5, 2016 The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to Afghanistan because of continued instability and threats by terrorist organizations against U.S. citizens. This replaces the Travel Warning issued June 22, 2016. Travel to all areas of Afghanistan remains unsafe due to the ongoing risk of kidnapping, hostage taking, military combat operations, …

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Communique on the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (October 5, 2016)

October 5, 2016 The following is the text of a joint communique issued by the 75 countries and over 22 international organizations participating in the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan. The Brussels Conference was opened by H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and H.E. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Security Reminder

October 4, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul reminds U.S. citizens that serious threats to safety and security exist in the city of Kabul and throughout Afghanistan.  The threat of kidnapping is high. The potential also exists for protests to occur in Afghan cities at short notice.  Militant groups usually plan attacks against locations and …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Closure In Observance of Columbus Day and Ashura

October 3, 2016 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services on Sunday, October 9, 2016 in observance of the Columbus Day.  In addition, the Embassy will be closed on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 in observance of the Afghan holiday Ashura. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the …

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U.S. Embassy Peace Accords Statement (September 22, 2016)

September 22, 2016 We welcome today’s accord negotiated and concluded by the Government of Afghanistan and Hizb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) as a step in bringing the conflict in Afghanistan to a peaceful end. The United States continues to support an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that results in armed groups ceasing violence, breaking ties with international …

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Afghanistan Welcomes Foreign Investors to Partner in Advancing its Energy Sector (September 19, 2016)

September 19, 2016 Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Afghanistan’s Ministry of Energy and Water, organized a two-day Energy Business Opportunities Conference in Dubai, on September 18 – 19, 2016.  More than 200 participants representing Middle Eastern , Central Asian, Turkish, European and North American companies working …

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Presidential Proclamation — Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance (September 11, 2016)

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION September 11, 2016 Fifteen years ago, nearly 3,000 innocent lives men, women, and children who had been going about their normal routines were taken from us, depriving families and loved ones of a lifetime of precious moments. But the acts of terror of September …

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Routine Message for U.S. Citizens

September 10, 2016 The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy will be closed for routine services from Monday, September 12 to Wednesday, September 14, 2016 in observance of the Afghan holiday Eid-e-Qurban. For emergency assistance for U.S. citizens, please call the Embassy at 0700-108-001. For further information: See the  State Department’s travel website  for the  Worldwide Caution , Travel Warning for AfghanistanTravel Alerts, and Afghanistan Country Specific Information. Enroll in …

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