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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U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Press Availability with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani

Press Availability Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Kabul, Afghanistan July 9, 2018 PRESIDENT GHANI: (Inaudible.) In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Mr. Secretary, it’s a unique pleasure to welcome you. SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you. PRESIDENT GHANI: On behalf of the Afghan public, let me first thank the American men and women ...
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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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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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Ambassador Bass Welcomes the Start of Ramadan

On behalf of all of my colleagues here at the U.S. Embassy, I want to wish all our Afghan friends and partners a blessed Ramadan. This month is a time for reflection, prayer, and generosity.  Fasting during this month teaches patience and reorients one’s focus to the world beyond our individual, immediate needs.  As families ...
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U.S. Embassy Funds Wastewater Treatment Facility in Kabul

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass and Minister of Interior Wais Ahmad Barmak launched construction of a landmark $10 million U.S. government-funded wastewater treatment facility at Pol-i Charki prison in Kabul today.  When completed, the facility will be one of the largest, in Afghanistan. “This pioneering project represents another milestone in the 12-year partnership between the ...
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U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Kabul Bombings

The United States strongly condemns today’s savage bombings in Kabul.  We extend our deepest condolences to the families, friends, and colleagues of all the victims, including a number of brave journalists among the dead and injured. Where media are in danger, all other human rights are under greater threat. We stand with the people and ...
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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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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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The Kabul Process for Peace & Security Cooperation in Afghanistan Declaration

We, the high-level representatives from the region, members of the international community, and international organizations—participating in the second Meeting of the Kabul Process for Peace and Security Cooperation—express our support to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for organizing this Meeting. We thank H.E. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and H.E. Chief Executive Dr. ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Visits Kabul

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells traveled to Kabul February 13-15 to meet with Afghan partners in advance of the February 28 Kabul Process Conference. During her three-day visit, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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