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 ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Visits Herat

Herat — U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens visited Herat today, where he met with Acting Provincial Governor Brigadier General Mohammad Jumma Adil, Acting Herat City Mayor Ghulam Ghaws Nikbeen, Provincial Chief of Police Brigadier General Mohammad Ayoub Ansari, NATO Commander in Herat Brigadier General Massimo Biagini, and leaders from the Afghan ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ms. Laurel Miller Delivers Remarks at the Kabul Process Conference on Peace and Security

It is an honor and privilege to be here today representing my government at this important dialogue, the inaugural meeting of the Kabul process. I want to begin by offering deepest condolences to the victims and the families of the violence in Kabul in recent days. These events are a sad reminder of the unacceptable ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Congressional Delegation Visits Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul – A bi-partisan women’s Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) visited Afghanistan May 9 and 10. The CODEL conducted oversight of American operations in Afghanistan with a focus on the contribution, efforts, and concerns of U.S. women in the U.S. Armed Forces with an additional focus on gender issues and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens Visits Kandahar

Kandahar —   U.S. Embassy Kabul Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens visited Kandahar today and met with Kandahar Deputy Governors Abdul Hanan Munib and Haji Agha Lalai Dastagiri, and Provincial Chief of Police Lieutenant General Abdul Raziq. During the meetings, Ambassador Llorens discussed the ongoing partnership between the United States and Afghanistan and the continued ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Statement by Ambassador Hugo Llorens on Corruption

While Afghanistan has made real progress in its march toward democracy and prosperity, webs of corruption in the government and business sectors continue to hold the country back from its full potential.  Cases of bribery, graft, and nepotism erode the public’s faith and trust in the very institutions they rely on for protection, justice, and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Donates Security Equipment to the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers

Special Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens attended a ceremony April 10 at the General Directorate of Prisons and Detention Centers (GDPDC) Headquarters at Pol-i-Charkhi Prison to donate more than $772,000 worth of security equipment to the GDPDC to improve the security and operations of prisons and detention centers throughout the country. The donation included metal ... Read More»

The U.S. Embassy hosted a reception to welcome the most recent Fulbright, IVLP alumni

The U.S. Embassy hosted a reception to welcome the most recent Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), and other program alumni. U.S. Ambassador Llorens, Public Affairs Officer Terry Davidson, Organization of Afghan Alumni President Barry Salaam, Afghan Fulbright Association President Feroz Masjidi, and Acting Head of the Afghan government’s Capacity Building for Results Program Hashmat ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Ambassador Llorens Welcomes Transition of Afghanistan’s Case Management System to the Supreme Court

January 26, 2017 Chargé d’ Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the agreement of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to transition the administration of Afghanistan’s Case Management System to the Supreme Court.  Today, a memorandum of understanding was signed by the heads of Afghanistan’s justice institutions as well as the Afghan Independent Bar ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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. ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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, ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

.S. Embassy Condemns Attacks in Kabul (September 6, 2016)

September 6, 2016 We strongly condemn yesterday’s deadly attack on security forces near the Ministry of Defense in Kabul. “We offer our deepest condolences to those affected by the attacks and their families.” said U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley. “These horrendous attacks reinforce the callous disregard the Taliban have for the innocent men, women, and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on CARE International (September 6, 2016)

September 6, 2016 We strongly condemn today’s deadly attack on the offices of CARE International in Kabul.  The men and women of CARE International help to build a brighter future for Afghanistan.  Their efforts save lives, empower women, mitigate poverty, and improve the opportunities of all Afghans. We offer our condolences to the victims and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on American University Afghanistan (August 25, 2016)

August 25, 2016 We condemn yesterday’s heinous attack on the American University Afghanistan in Kabul. The targeting of Afghan students and university staff who are working to improve the future of Afghanistan is a cruel and cowardly act. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those killed and injured, as well as with the victims’ families, ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary Kerry on Afghan Independence Day (August 18, 2016)

August 18, 2016 On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend our congratulations and best wishes to the government and people of Afghanistan on the occasion of Afghanistan’s 97th anniversary of independence on August 18. Despite the many challenges Afghanistan has faced and the many sacrifices endured, there is much to celebrate ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Commends Afghanistan on Becoming the 164th Member of the World Trade Organization (July 29, 2016)

July 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy warmly commends the Afghan government and its people on becoming the 164th member of the World Trade Organization, or WTO.  This landmark achievement comes after over a decade of partnership between the United States and Afghanistan on trade issues, including sustained USAID assistance.  Afghanistan’s accession to the WTO calls ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Peaceful TUTAP Demonstration (July 23, 2016)

July 23, 2016 The United States Embassy condemns in the strongest terms the cowardly bombing attack that has claimed scores of innocent lives in Kabul during a peaceful demonstration in which citizens were exercising their constitutional rights.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and loved ones of the deceased, and we wish all ... Read More»

Senators meet President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah (July 4, 2016)

July 4, 2016 U.S. Senator John McCain (Republican-Arizona), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and leader of the U.S. delegation including Senators Lindsey Graham (Republican-South Carolina), Joe Donnelly (Democrat-Indiana) and Ben Sasse (Republican-Nebraska), met with President Ghani and with Chief Executive Abdullah to discuss security issues and the bilateral relationship between the United States ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Afghan National Police and Civilians (June 30, 2016)

June 30, 2016 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s horrific, multi-part attack on Afghan National Police and civilians in Kabul.  The first attack targeted new police cadets, with a second attack purposefully targeting the brave people who rushed to help the victims.  This cruel and complete disregard for human life during the holy month of Ramazan ... Read More»

Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor’s Remarks for Promote Scholarship Launch Ceremony (June 29, 2016)

June 29, 2016 I’m very honored to be here today to celebrate the launch of a great new scholarship program under the framework of USAID’s initiative for Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs, perhaps better known as “Promote.” These new scholarships will be administered by our long-term partner, the Asia Foundation, and will directly ... Read More»

Access to Higher Education to Unleash Potential in Afghan Women (June 29, 2016)

June 29, 2015 | Kabul, Afghanistan Today, the Chief Executive Officer of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Michael Raynor, Afghanistan’s Minister of Higher Education (MoHE) Dr. Farida Momand, Minister of Women’s Affairs H.E. Delbar Nazari, Minister of Labor, Social Affairs,  Martyrs & Disabled H.E. Nasreen Oryakhail, the United States Agency for International ... Read More»

U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson on the World’s “Resolute Commitment” to Afghanistan (June 22, 2016)

The investments in security and development that the international community has made in Afghanistan are yielding dividends, according to U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) Richard Olson. “With momentous achievements in education, health, the economy, infrastructure, women’s rights, and the most dynamic media landscape in the region, Afghanistan has made unparalleled developmental gains.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Olson’s Remarks on Afghanistan at the Atlantic Council (June 21, 2016)

June 21, 2016 We are on the eve of the NATO Warsaw Summit, where NATO allies and partners will reaffirm their financial commitments to support the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces for 2018 through 2020 and sustain our Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan Security forces beyond 2016. In October, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on June 5 Attacks (June 6, 2016)

June 6, 2016 The U.S. Embassy condemns yesterday’s attacks on justice workers in Logar, the murder of Parliamentarian Sher Wali Wardak, and violence in Helmand that took the life of American photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan journalist Zabihulla Tamanna. Our thoughts and prayers are with the grief-stricken families and colleagues of those who died yesterday, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Blood Drive Supports the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (May 24, 2016)

May 24, 2016 On May 24, U.S. Embassy Kabul hosted a blood drive in support of the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (ANBSTS). The blood will be distributed to hospitals in Kabul and to provincial medical treatment facilities. Afghan hospitals rely on blood donations for trauma victims and for patients undergoing other life-saving ... Read More»

USAID Recognizes Forty Afghan Entrepreneurs (May 11, 2016)

Kabul | May 11, 2016 U. S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley recognized the contribution of a group of 40 companies from Kabul, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Herat, and Mazar-i-Sharif that – in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Assistance in Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprise (ABADE) program – have invested $24.7 million in expanding their ... Read More»

CEO Dr. Abdullah and Ambassador McKinley join women civil society leaders at USAID Promote Musharikat National Summit (May 10, 2016)

H.E. CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, P. Michael McKinley recognized 300 women civil society leaders for their work to empower the women of Afghanistan and encouraged the continuation of their efforts.  Speaking to the women at the Government Media and Information Center, CEO Dr. Abdullah said: “I am honored to have ... Read More»

National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs Hosts Senior Afghan National Security Team (April 27, 2016)

On April 22, National Defense University’s College of International Security Affairs hosted a number of senior Afghan police, military, and national security officials for a round table discussion regarding the U.S. –Afghan partnership and how best to integrate efforts to address Afghanistan’s goals for security and stability. The Afghan military and police general officers and ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Today’s Attack in Kabul (April 19, 2016)

April 19, 2016 Today Kabul suffered a deadly attack for which the Taliban claimed credit, underscoring the harm that the Taliban continues to inflict on the Afghan people.  The U.S. Embassy condemns this senseless act of violence.   Afghanistan deserves peace and security, not attacks that victimize parents taking their children to school, workers on their ... Read More»

Herat University Celebrates Opening of New Media Operations Center (April 19, 2016)

April 19, 2016 On March 12, 2016 the Herat University Faculty of Journalism held an official opening for their new Media Operations Center (MOC).  The MOC contains classrooms for Journalism classes as well as television, radio, and print studios. These facilities allow the faculty to offer courses and hands-on training in the modern techniques of ... Read More»

REMARKS: Joint Press Availability With Afghanistan President Ghani (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 MODERATOR: (In progress) (Via interpreter) and after that we will only allow two questions. We’ll only be responding to two questions. So (inaudible) to his Excellency, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan – your Excellency president. PRESIDENT GHANI: (Via interpreter) The entirely merciful, especially merciful, honorable John Kerry, Secretary of State, and respective ... Read More»

REMARKS: Secretary of State John Kerry And Afghanistan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani At the Opening of Bilateral Commission (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 MODERATOR:  Honorable Secretary of State Mr. John Kerry, Excellency Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, distinguished ministers, and ladies and gentlemen: Good afternoon, and welcome to the third bilateral commission meeting.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is delighted to be your host.  May I at the outset invite His Excellency the Foreign Minister to ... Read More»

Joint Statement on the Third Meeting of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission Kabul (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 On April 9 in Kabul, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry convened the third meeting of the U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Commission to review progress in the bilateral relationship and chart a course for future cooperation. This meeting, called for by the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) between ... Read More»

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan CEO Abdullah Abdullah Before Their Meeting (April 9, 2016)

April 9, 2016 CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER ABDULLAH: I welcome Secretary John Kerry, a friend of Afghanistan and of mine who is visiting Afghanistan on the occasion of the convening of the joint [bilateral] commission. Today, he had comprehensive meetings during the commission that covered all areas of bilateral and multilateral relations, as well as  mutual cooperation.  ... Read More»

Ambassador McKinley’s Remarks to the Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (April 4, 2016)

Delivered April 4, 2016 Good morning.  Minister Hakimi, distinguished guests, thank you for giving me an opportunity to address this forum. Earlier today, President Ghani made clear that the NATO Summit in Warsaw and the donors conference in Brussels are part of a larger process of laying the foundations for a longer-term commitment of the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Welcomes Participants of Youth Solidarity and English Language Camp Home to Afghanistan (March 13, 2016)

March 13, 2016 On March 10, the United States Embassy in Kabul hosted a welcome home celebration for 59 Afghan youth and 6 Afghan coaches who participated in the Youth Solidarity and English Language Camp. The participants, who come from Kabul, Nangarhar, Jawzjan, and Herat provinces, spent 4 weeks together in Antalya Turkey improving their ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Job Fair for Exchange Program Alumni (March 3, 2016)

March 3, 2016 On March 2, the United States Embassy in Kabul hosted a job fair and networking event for alumni of Embassy-sponsored exchange programs.  More than 45 exchange program alumni met with 22 potential employers, including private companies, government ministries, job placement agencies, USAID contractors, and NGOs.  The majority of alumni in attendance participated ... Read More»

Statement Condemning the Terrorist Attack in Kunar Province (February 27, 2016)

February 27, 2016 The U.S. Embassy emphatically condemns the terrorist attack in Kunar Province today that claimed the lives of more than a dozen innocent civilians, including children, and wounded many more.  The Afghan people deserve peace and security, not attacks like this one against innocent civilians.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families ... Read More»

The Fourth Meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China (February 23, 2016)

February 23, 2016 The fourth meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Kabul on February 23, 2016. The delegations were led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Chinese Ambassador ... Read More»

Afghan and American Female Footballers Hold Friendly Match at U.S. Embassy (February 11, 2016)

Afghan and American Female Footballers Hold Friendly Match at U.S. Embassy February 11, 2016 The Afghan Football Federation women’s footballers joined forces with the U.S. Embassy to celebrate the U.S. National Girls and Women in Sports Day on February 3, 2016.  The day started with a video conference session with retired U.S. National Women’s Soccer ... Read More»

Statement by U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley on work of Afghan Mass Media Commission (February 9, 2016)

February 9, 2016 I congratulate the Afghan Mass Media Commission’s launch of the by-law on Establishment and Activity of Private Mass Media, which is the result of a broad collaboration of representatives from the government, media, and civil society. I particularly commend the new law’s protections for the rights of journalists. I hope the implementation ... Read More»

The Third Meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China (February 6, 2016)

Islamabad – Pakistan February 6, 2016 The third meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Islamabad on 6 February 2016. Foreign  Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry hosted the meeting. Other delegations were led by Afghan Deputy ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard Olson Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Press Briefing at NATO Brussels (January 29, 2016)

NATO Brussels January 29, 2016 Moderator:  I am absolutely delighted to have Ambassador Olson here, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He will tell you a little bit about his visit here in Brussels and particularly at NATO.  I know you’ve all gotten the bio but I just want to touch on a few highlights ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on January 20 Attack on Media Professionals (January 20, 2016)

January 20, 2016 We strongly condemn tonight’s attack on a bus carrying media professionals on Darulaman Road in Kabul. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. Murdering those who work to enlighten, educate, and entertain will not stop Afghans from exercising their universal human right to freedom of expression. ... Read More»

The Second Meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China (January 18, 2016)

January 18, 2016 The second meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of Afghanistan, Pakistan, the United States and China on the Afghan Peace and Reconciliation process was held in Kabul on January 18, 2016. The delegations were led by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, the US ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard Olson Travel to Afghanistan (January 12, 2016)

January 12, 2016 Ambassador Richard Olson, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, traveled to Kabul on January 12 to meet with senior Afghan government officials.  Ambassador Olson expressed continued U.S. support for the National Unity Government and the Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation effort.  He also expressed continued U.S. support for the Afghan National Defense ... Read More»

Joint Press Release of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group on Afghan Peace and Reconciliation (January 11, 2016)

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC January 11, 2016 The following statement was released by the Governments of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, and the United States of America on the occasion of the first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) in Islamabad, Pakistan. Begin Text: The first meeting of the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) of ... Read More»

Statement from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Regarding This Evening’s Terrorist Attack (January 4, 2016)

January 4, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport. We are investigating the situation. In response to this incident, Ambassador McKinley said “Our thoughts are with those affected by today’s violence. The United States remains committed to the people of Afghanistan and to the National ... Read More»

The United States Government Provides $50 million for Immediate Job Creation

December 20, 2015 The U.S. government is investing an additional $50 million in two on-going projects to stimulate immediate job creation for the Afghan people. “We recognize that the past year has been a difficult time for the people of Afghanistan,” said the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley.  “We support the National ... Read More»

WTO Approves Afghanistan’s Accession Terms

December 17, 2015 The World Trade Organization (WTO) formally adopted Afghanistan’s terms of accession into the renowned multilateral trading organization at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference on December 17 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Afghanistan will have until June 2016 to ratify the deal and formally become WTO’s 164th Member, joining a global trading organization that accounts ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on Release of Engineer Ishchi (December 13, 2016)

December 13, 2016 The U.S. Embassy welcomes the release of Engineer Ahmad Ishchi.  The unlawful detention and reported mistreatment of Mr. Ishchi by the First Vice President raises serious concerns. We would welcome the Afghan government’s move to swiftly investigate these allegations. A strong, independent justice system is the cornerstone of every stable society. Afghans ... Read More»

Ambassador McKinley Announces Application Open Season for the Fulbright Exchange Program in Afghanistan

December 10, 2015 On December 10, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley announced the start of the recruitment season for the U.S. government’s flagship Fulbright exchange program.   The Fulbright Program is one the most prestigious U.S. government academic exchange programs, awarding highly competitive scholarships to participants from more than 165 countries around the world to pursue graduate ... Read More»

Statement of the Quadrilateral Meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States

December 10, 2015 A Quadrilateral (2+2) meeting of Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States was held in Islamabad today, on the sidelines of the Fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken ... Read More»

Statement of the Trilateral Meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States

December 10, 2015 Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are fully committed to enabling an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned political process that promotes a dialogue between the Afghan government and groups of Taliban on the future of Afghanistan and the cessation of violence. Peace and reconciliation remains the surest way to end violence and ensure stability in ... Read More»

Joint Statement – Trilateral Meeting Afghanistan, United States and the European Union on 9th December 2015

December 9, 2015 The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the European Union, and the United States of America met on December 9th 2015, in Islamabad, on the margins of the Heart of Asia Ministerial. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken, and Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Technology Competition for Afghan Citizens

December 7, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is pleased to announce the global 2016 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST)  Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition.  GIST Tech-I is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs aged 18-40.  Winners will be invited to present their submissions at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Silicon ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador McKinley Recognizes Afghan Entrepreneurs

November 18, 2015 Kabul, November 18, 2015 – The United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley and the Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Mr. Ahmad Zia Sayed Khaili, recognized 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises that successfully completed investment partnerships with the U.S. Agency ... Read More»

Ambassador Attends Ceremony to Honor Victims

On November 16, 2015, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley participated in a ceremony held at the NATO Resolute Support Mission Headquarters in Kabul to honor victims of the recent terrorist attack in Paris, France. Ceremony attendees, including General Campbell, Commander of Resolute Support and senior officers and troops from other nations, also commemorated victims of attacks ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Youth Orchestra from Afghan National Institute of Music

October 29, 2015 The Youth Orchestra of the Afghan National Institute of Music (ANIM) performed a concert of Afghan and American songs at the U.S. Embassy on October 29.  After their one-hour performance, ANIM premiered a film that documents the Youth Orchestra’s 2013 musical tour in the United States.  The documentary features many of the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Sponsors Project to Preserve Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage

October 22, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan is proud to announce the launch of a new U.S. Embassy-sponsored project with the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago and the Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology to help preserve Afghanistan’s cultural heritage.  The project, formally launched on October 21, 2015 in a ceremony with Minister of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Blood Drive Supports the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service

October 7, 2015 On October 6, 2015, the U.S. Embassy Kabul hosted a blood drive to support the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (ANBSTS). U.S. Embassy employees – American, Afghan, and other nationalities – donated hundreds of units of blood that will be used to treat patients at Afghan health care facilities.  Ambassador ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Violence in Kunduz

For Immediate Release | October 3, 2015 The U.S. Embassy mourns for the individuals and families affected by the tragic incident at the Doctors without Borders hospital, and for all those suffering from the violence in Kunduz. Doctors without Borders performs heroic work throughout the world, including in Afghanistan, and our thoughts and prayers are ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack in Paktika Province

September 28, 2015 The Embassy of the United States condemns yesterday’s horrific attack on a crowd of Afghans playing sports in Paktika Province, and offers our sincerest condolences to the victims and their families. The attack resulted in numerous deaths and injuries to innocent Afghans, including children, affecting families just days after Eid-Al-Adha. Such heinous ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom’s Remarks at the Afghan Narcotics Rollout of the National Drug Action Plan

September 26, 2015 DEPUTY SECRETARY HIGGINBOTTOM: Good afternoon. Ambassador Tanin, thank you for your introduction, for moderating this event. Chief Executive Abdullah, I’d like to thank you and President Ghani for your leadership of Afghanistan. I’d also like to recognize Foreign Minister Rabbani, Deputy Foreign Minister Karzai, and all of the friends of Afghanistan who are ... Read More»

Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at the UNGA High-Level Event on Afghanistan

September 26, 2015 SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, thank you very much, Minister Rabbani.  And welcome to all of our colleagues to New York, to the annual UN diplomatic speed-dating derby.  We’re delighted to have you all here.  Chief Executive Abdullah, thank you very much.  Minister Wang, thank you for your participation in this.  And friends of ... Read More»

Co-chairs’ Statement of the High-level Event on Afghanistan’s Peaceful Development and Regional Cooperation

September 26, 2015 The United States of America, the People’s Republic of China, and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan convened a high-level meeting on Afghanistan’s peaceful development and regional cooperation on the margins of the 70th UN General Assembly.  Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Fulbright Alumni and Candidates

September 14, 2015 On September 10, U.S. Ambassador Michael McKinley hosted a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul in honor of recently selected candidates and alumni of the Fulbright academic exchange program.  Fulbright is one the most prestigious U.S. government programs, awarding highly competitive scholarships to participants from more than 165 countries to pursue ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador P. Michael McKinley’s Statement on the SOM and RECCA

Last week the world saw a remarkable show of support for Afghanistan as representatives from over 40 regional and donor countries gathered at two high-level meetings to show their commitment to helping Afghanistan achieve enduring stability, security, and prosperity.  The Senior Officials Meeting demonstrated the deep and continuing commitment of donor countries to support the ... Read More»

Statement by Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Laurel Miller at the Senior Officials Meeting

September 5, 2015 The United States is committed to helping Afghanistan achieve enduring stability.  We are pleased that so many of our partners have gathered here in Kabul to engage in this constructive conversation and show our collective support for Afghanistan’s stability, security and prosperity. Together with others in the international community, the United States ... Read More»

Charge d’Affaires David E. Lindwall Hosts American Chamber of Commerce

August 31, 2015 Chargé d’Affaires for the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, David E. Lindwall, hosted the American Chamber of Commerce of Afghanistan at the official residence of the U.S. Ambassador.  Approximately 40 Afghan and American business leaders gathered at the Embassy to network and discuss the current business environment in the country.  Mr. Lindwall addressed ... Read More»

U.S. State Department Announces $10.7 million for Humanitarian Demining Programs in Afghanistan

August 29, 2015 On August 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) announced the winners of six competitive grants worth $10.7 million to fund humanitarian demining and conventional weapons destruction programs in six Afghan provinces: Kabul, Parwan, Panjshir, Baghlan, Balkh, and Takhar. After three decades of conflict, Afghanistan ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack in Kabul

August 22, 2015 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns today’s terror attack in Kabul that resulted in the deaths of three Resolute Support civilians, as well as many Afghan civilians, and left dozens of others wounded.   At this time, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families who suffered as a result of ... Read More»

Afghanistan: U.S. Condemns Attacks in Kabul

August 8, 2015 Statement by Mark Toner, Deputy Spokesperson We strongly condemn the series of insurgent attacks in Kabul yesterday.  These attacks resulted in hundreds of casualties and at least 44 deaths, including children, and demonstrate again the insurgency’s complete disregard for the lives of innocent Afghans. Such actions have no justification. We again call ... Read More»

United States and Afghanistan Sign Memorandum of Understanding for the New Development Partnership

Kabul – Afghan Minister of Finance Hakimi, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley, and the USAID Mission Director William Hammink signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the New Development Partnership on August 3, 2015.  The New Development Partnership reflects the strategic importance of the U.S.-Afghanistan relationship and recognizes a new era of development ... Read More»

Readout of the President’s Video Conference with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

July 22, 2015 The President today participated in a video conference with President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah.  The President commended the progress made since the leaders met in Washington in March, including on efforts to curb corruption, revive the economy, and improve regional economic connectivity.  ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Strongly Condemns Attack on Worshippers at the Grand Mosque in Baghlan Province (July 14, 2015)

July 14, 2015 For Immediate Release The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns yesterday’s attack on worshippers gathered for Iftar at the Grand Mosque in Baghlan province.   The attack deliberately targeting individuals praying in a mosque is abhorrent, particularly during Ramadan, a time of peace and reflection. At this time, we offer our sympathies to the people ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Coalition Forces in Kabul (June 30, 2015)

June 30, 2015 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s attack on NATO coalition forces in Kabul.  The attack resulted tragically in civilian casualties and demonstrates the blatant disregard for human life by those seeking to disrupt Afghanistan’s democratic progress.  The United States remains firmly committed to assisting the government of Afghanistan as it provides for the ... Read More»

Statement by Secretary of State on the Occasion of Ramadan (June 18, 2015)

June 18, 2015 On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) (June 03, 2015)

June 03, 2015 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns the attack on the guesthouse in Northern Afghanistan where employees of the Czech NGO People in Need (PIN) were staying.  PIN was implementing programs for the Afghan Government’s National Solidarity Program and trying to improve the lives of Afghans in rural areas.  We offer our deepest sympathy ... Read More»

Embassy Statement Condemning Today’s Attacks targeting the Ministry of Justice in Afghanistan (May 19, 2015)

May 19, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul strongly condemns today’s attack targeting the Ministry of Justice in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The attack reminds us of the risks that the civilian staff of the Ministry of Justice face in going about their daily work supporting the administration of rule of law in Afghanistan.  Our thoughts and ... Read More»

Deputy Chief of Mission David Lindwall’s OpEd on World Media Freedom Day (May 3, 2015)

Free Media Equals Positive Change May 3, 2015 Today, May 3, we mark World Press Freedom Day.  The United States joins with Afghanistan and the international community in celebrating the contributions of free media to the advancement of human dignity, liberty and prosperity worldwide.  Freedom of the media is the hallmark of a free society. ... Read More»

United States Helps Afghan Refugee Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons (April 26, 2015)

April 26, 2015 Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Simon Henshaw, visited Kabul on April 25-27 to review U.S. humanitarian assistance programs and discuss cooperation to assist refugee returnees and displaced persons with Afghan, UN and other international and non-governmental organization officials. Henshaw commended ... Read More»

Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (April 19, 2015)

April 19, 2015 The United States Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs funded the 2014-15 Afghanistan National Rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Jessup, the world’s largest and most prestigious law school moot court competition, attracts teams from nearly 550 law schools in more than 80 countries. ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Kabul Condemns Today’s Attack on the Courthouse in Mazar-e Sharif (April 9, 2015)

April 9, 2015 The U.S. Embassy in Kabul strongly condemns the horrific attack on the courthouse in Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh Province.  Today’s attack reminds us of the risks that police, prosecutors and judges face in going about their daily work pursuing impartial justice and rule of law in Afghanistan. Our thoughts are with the ... Read More»

Op-Ed by Ambassador McKinley for International Day of Mine Awareness (April 4, 2015)

April 4, 2015 April 4, 2015 marks the 10th observance of the International Day of Mine Awareness.  On this occasion the people of Afghanistan have many reasons to be proud.  Landmines from past conflicts once remained in nearly every district of Afghanistan.  Thanks to the courage and dedication of Afghan de-miners, along with support from ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Open Application Season for Academic Exchange Programs (April 1, 2015)

April 1, 2015 Investing in Afghanistan’s Future The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy Kabul is pleased to announce the open application season for three U.S. government-sponsored academic exchange opportunities for qualified Afghans during the 2016-17 academic year. Beginning April 1, 2015, applications will be accepted for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program, the ... Read More»

U.S.-Afghanistan Joint Statement (March 25, 2015)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 24, 2015 President Barack Obama welcomed Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, and the accompanying Afghan delegation to Washington from March 22-26, 2015. The visit offered an opportunity to renew U.S.-Afghan relations, review the joint achievements of the ... Read More»

Remarks by President Obama and President Ghani of Afghanistan in Joint Press Conference (March 26, 2015)

The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 24, 2015 *Please see below for a correction, marked with an asterisk. 2:30 P.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Please have a seat.  Before I begin, I want to say that our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Europe, especially the people of ... Read More»

Remarks by Secretary of State John Kerry And Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (March 23, 2015)

March 23, 2015 Camp David SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody.  On behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and the entire Administration and my fellow secretaries, we are very, very pleased to welcome Dr. Ashraf Ghani, the president of Afghanistan, and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the chief executive officer, to Camp David.  President Obama thought ... Read More»

FACT SHEET: Strengthening the Strategic Partnership of the United States and Afghanistan (March 26, 2015)

March 23, 2015 During the historic visit to Washington of President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah from March 22 to 25, 2015, U.S. and Afghan officials have reviewed the achievements of the last 13 years and discussed the actions each country needs to take to ensure that ... Read More»

Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter And Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah (M

March 23, 2015 Camp David SECRETARY KERRY:  Good afternoon, everybody.  I’m really very pleased to be here, together with Secretary Carter, to welcome the president of Afghanistan, President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah.  We’re very, very pleased to be here with them today. As most of you know, and I had a chance to share ... Read More»

Afghan Air Force Pilot wins International Women of Courage Award (March 8, 2015)

March 8, 2015 In honor of International Women’s Day, Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom hosted the ninth annual International Women of Courage Awards ceremony on March 6, 2015 in Washington, D.C.  The Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage recognizes women around the globe who have shown exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for ... Read More»

Remarks at the International Women of Courage Ceremony (March 6, 2015)

March 6, 2015 Catherine M. Russell – Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Heather Higginbottom – Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Ms. Nadia Sharmeen Washington, DC Staff: Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the 2015 International Women of Courage award recipients, the Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Offers Condolences to the Victims of the Avalanches in Afghanistan (February 28, 2015)

February 28, 2015 The United States Embassy is deeply saddened by the loss of life in Afghanistan as a result of the recent avalanches. We extend our sincere condolences to the people of Afghanistan, especially those who have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods in this disaster. The United States continues to work with ... Read More»

Rewards for Justice – Reward Offers for Information on Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) Terrorists (February 26, 2015)

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information on two associates of the extremist group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin (HIG). The Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Abdul Saboor and up to $2 million for information ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Blood Drive Supports the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (February 25, 2015)

February 25, 2015 On February 24, U.S. Embassy Kabul hosted a blood drive in support of the Afghan National Blood Safety and Transfusion Service (ANBSTS). The blood will be distributed to hospitals in Kabul and to provincial medical treatment facilities. Afghan hospitals rely on blood donations for trauma victims and for patients undergoing other life-saving ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack on Logar Province Police Headquarters (February 17, 2015)

February 17, 2015 The U.S. Embassy condemns today’s horrific attack at the police headquarters in Logar Province. The attack targeted police officers, who in service to their country were providing security to their community. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those killed and injured today, as well as with the victims’ families, colleagues, ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Condemns Attack that Killed Nangarhar Provincial Council Member Angiza Shinwari (February 16, 2015)

February 16, 2015 The U.S. Embassy strongly condemns last week’s attack that targeted Nangarhar Provincial Council Member Angiza Shinwari. She should be remembered for her service to the community through her work as a civil society activist, journalist and a strong voice on the Provincial Council.  We offer our sincere condolences to the family of ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Hosts Afghanistan’s First National Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition (February 8, 2015)

February 8, 2015 Kabul, Afghanistan – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United States Department of Commerce hosted Afghanistan’s first national moot court competition for international commercial arbitration from January 31 to February 2, 2015. Six teams from three universities – American University of Afghanistan (AUAF), Kabul University, and Kardan University – ... Read More»

Deputy Secretary Higginbottom Travel to Afghanistan (February 6, 2015)

February 6, 2015 Deputy Secretary Heather Higginbottom traveled to Afghanistan February 4-5. While in Afghanistan, the Deputy Secretary met with President Ghani and reviewed U.S. government operations and assistance programs. Deputy Secretary Higginbottom also met with justice, infrastructure, democracy, health, counternarcotics, and education implementing partners to discuss their challenges, achievements, and innovations. Additionally, Deputy Secretary ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Statement on the Women’s Dormitory of Herat University (February 2, 2015)

February 2, 2015 On Monday, February 2, the Embassy of the United States of America in Kabul, the Ministry of Higher Education of Afghanistan and Herat University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the new women’s dormitory at Herat University. Financed by the United States Forces Afghanistan and built by the U.S. Army Corps ... Read More»

U.S. Foreign Commercial Service Facilitates Multi-Million Dollar U.S. / Afghan Business Partnership (January 20, 2015)

January 20, 2015 International Ice Bagging Systems, LLC (IIBS), a Chicago-based business, which manufactures the Eco-Ice System®, and AZ Corporation, an Afghan based company, headquartered in Kabul, recently concluded a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal that will enable AZ to add bagged ice production to its existing portfolio of products and services, and provide valuable jobs ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Announces Open Application Season for the Fulbright Master’s and Ph.D. Programs (January 12, 2015)

January 12, 2015 Investing in Afghanistan’s Future On January 12, U.S. Embassy Kabul’s Public Affairs Counselor Hilary Olsin-Windecker announced the open application season for the world-class Fulbright Master’s and PhD Programs. Fulbright is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship educational exchange program.  The program in Afghanistan, one of the largest in the world, seeks to ... Read More»

Ambassador P. Michael McKinley Presents Diplomatic Credentials (January 6, 2015)

January 6, 2015 U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan P. Michael McKinley presented his diplomatic credentials to Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at a ceremony today at the Presidential Palace.  Ambassador McKinley previously served as Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan. Before his tenure in Afghanistan, Ambassador McKinley served as the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from August 2010 to ... Read More»

Increased Validity on Certain U.S. Visas for Afghans (January 4, 2015)

(January 4, 2015) The U.S. Embassy in Kabul is pleased to announce changes to the validity of certain U.S. nonimmigrant visas for Afghan nationals. On December 2, 2014, the governments of the United States of America and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan agreed to extend the validity of nonimmigrant visas for short-term business travelers, tourists, ... Read More»
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