On June 15, during the three-day Eid holiday, Afghans experienced an unprecedented ceasefire. As the month of Ramadan was coming to an end, almost 3,000 Islamic scholars convened in Kabul and issued a fatwa against terrorism. They requested the government to declare a cease-fire. For the first time in nearly four decades of fighting, the Afghan government announced a unilateral cease-fire for eight days. The Taliban reciprocated shortly after with a cease-fire for three days over the Eid holiday. (Photo above: President Ashraf Ghani meets with the Helmand peace marchers as they reached Kabul.)
First Lady Rula Ghani visits Washington, DC to speak at Devex World Forum
On June 12, Her Excellency the First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani visited Washington, DC this month to participate in the 2018 Devex World Forum to discuss her work on elevating the voices of the Afghan people in the country's development process. She discussed grassroots development initiatives in Afghanistan and shared her advice with international development practitioners about working in Afghanistan.
Ambassador Mohib visits Colombia to explore peace models and travels to Argentina to present credentials to President Macri
Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United States and non-resident Ambassador to Colombia, visited Bogotá from June 13 to June 15, 2018, following an official invitation by the government of the Republic of Colombia to discuss various aspects of peace and reconciliation models, and to strengthen Afghan-Colombian bilateral relations.
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On June 25, 2018, Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib presented his credentials as non-resident Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the President of the Republic of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, in a special ceremony in Buenos Aires.
Ambassador Mohib’s presents six core building blocks of peace in remarks at USIP event on the Afghan peace process
On June 7, Ambassador Mohib gave remarks at the United States Institute of Peace during the Afghan Peace Process conference. He presented the six core building blocks of peace, including reconciliation, regional consensus, political stability and democratic integrity, implementing reforms and establishing rule of law, building the security forces, and creating economic opportunities.
Embassy diplomats attend the Afghanistan Olympic Stadium and training village project launch event with Wali Hotak and Evander Holyfield
On June 22, the Embassy of Afghanistan participated in the launch event to kick-start the Afghanistan Olympic Stadium and training village project. The project is an initiative of the Afghanistan Victory Sports Foundation, which has teamed up with the Afghan MMA Champion Wali Hotak and former World Heavy Weight Champion “Real Deal” Evander Holyfield.