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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Loya Jirga in Afghanistan

The United States commends the participants of the Loya Jirga to be convened on August 7 to consolidate national support for peace.  We understand that they will decide on the expeditious release of the remaining Taliban prisoners from their list, the last obstacle to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.  Following the timely release of these prisoners, ...
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COVID-19 Information

This page will be updated as significant new information becomes available, but we cannot guarantee daily incremental updates of case numbers. Thank you for your patience. (8/7/2020) Country-Specific Information: Afghanistan has a total of 36,937 confirmed cases of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and 1,298 deaths attributed to the disease (Ministry of Public Health).  Kabul (14,745 confirmed cases ...
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Statement on July 29, 2020 Visit to Afghanistan by Ambassador Khalilzad

(KABUL, Afghanistan) – U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited Kabul on July 29.  He met with President Ashraf Ghani, Chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, former President Hamid Karzai and other officials. On behalf of the United States, Ambassador Khalilzad wished all Afghans a Happy Eid.  He ...
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U.S. Provides More Than $36.7 Million for COVID-19 Response in Afghanistan

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

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