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The Embassy of Afghanistan Newsletter
June 2018

Afghans celebrate Eid with nationwide ceasefire

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.)

Read President Ashraf Ghani's reflection on the ceasefire in the New York Times here.

Read the full text of President Ghani's ceasefire announcement here.

President Ashraf Ghani delivers remarks at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit

On June 10,  in his remarks at the SCO, President Ashraf Ghani said that the organization has a key role to play in strengthening regional connectivity and combating terrorism and narcotics.

Read his full remarks here.

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.

Read more here.

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. 

Read more here.
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. 

Read more here.

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. 

Watch his speech here. Click here to watch all of the multi-panel discussions. Read more here.

Ambassador Mohib meets with SIGAR to discuss government’s counternarcotics & anti-corruption efforts

On June 19, Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib met with U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) representatives to discuss a report that identified U.S. counternarcotics programs and policies in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2017. Ambassador Mohib responded to the report and highlighted advances made by the Afghan government. 
Read more here.
The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) released a report on June 5 assessing the Afghan government’s progress in implementing the Afghanistan National Strategy for Combatting Corruption. SIGAR stated that Afghanistan has met 14 of the 20 anti-corruption benchmarks that were set by the government in the national anti-corruption strategy, and made seven recommendations. The Afghan government responded to the first draft of the report with a ten-page letter from President Ashraf Ghani.

Read Ambassador Mohib's response and full article here.

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. 

Read more here.

Special Messages from Ambassador Mohib
World Drug Day
Eid Message & Eid Greeting

Afghanistan in the News 

I Will Negotiate with the Taliban Anywhere
By: President Ashraf Ghani | New York Times | June 27
UN envoy Yamamoto at security council on the situation in Afghanistan
UNAMA | June 26

Q&A: Afghanistan's first lady Rula Ghani wants to build local institutions, not fundraising campaigns 
Devex | June 19

Afghan Air Force Growth Pays Off in Fight Against Taliban

U.S. Department of Defense | June 27 

Royal Court Statement on Afghanistan Reconciliation Efforts
The Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Washington DC | June 20 

2018 Freedom Awards: Aryana Sayeed
Atlantic Council | June 23 

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Office of the President
President Ashraf Ghani's Statements and Speeches
Afghan Government Ministries

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