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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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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Remarks by U.S. Ambassador John R. Bass on the Occasion of U.S. Independence Day

(as prepared for delivery) Your Excellency the Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Ministers Ambassadors, Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen Thank you for joining us today to celebrate the 243rd anniversary of our birth as an independent country. Big thanks to our sponsors for their support for today’s event. And our thanks to the fantastic musicians of “Barbud”. …

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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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Mumbai Trade Mission Nets $123 Million in Contracts for Afghan Agriculture Exporters

Mumbai, India – Exporters of Afghanistan’s finest fruits, nuts, spices, honey, and juices left a Mumbai trade event this week with contracts worth more than $123 million from buyers in India, one of the most lucrative trade events for Afghan agriculture exporters in recent years. More than 55 exporters showcased their products at the two-day …

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Remarks to Press in Kabul by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

Remarks at a Press Availability MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE U.S. EMBASSY KABUL KABUL, AFGHANISTAN JUNE 25, 2019 SECRETARY POMPEO:  Good afternoon, everyone.  With so much going on in the world right now, sometimes it’s easy to forget about America’s commitment here in Afghanistan, but the world should know that the Trump administration hasn’t …

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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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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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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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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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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 Kabul Celebrates International Women’s Day

In honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador Bass hosted the “Generations of Change” luncheon focused on facilitating mentoring relationships between different generations of female Afghan leaders. At the event, Ambassador Bass celebrated the central role women play in improving their communities and in bettering the lives of all Afghans.  He …

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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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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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United States Condemns Maidan Wardak Attack

The United States strongly condemns the attack on an NDS training facility in Maidan Wardak.  This attack was an attack against Afghanistan’s defenders.  In the face of such cowardly acts, the United States stands with the people of Afghanistan, who seek a peaceful future and an end to violence.  We honor the sacrifices of the …

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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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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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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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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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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. 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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