By Julia Schoonover, WAC-DC Emerging Global Leaders Intern
On December 14, 2015 the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington, DC hosted the World Affairs Council-Washington, DC’s members, Board members, and distinguished guests.
The event began with opening remarks by World Affairs Council- Washington, DC President and CEO Mr. Tony Culley-Foster. He highlighted some of the joint ventures that the United States and Afghanistan have entered, in addition to providing an overview of current affairs in Afghanistan. Mr. Culley-Foster also introduced the discussant for the evening Ambassador Ronald Neumann, president of The American Academy of Diplomacy and former US Ambassador to Afghanistan.
His Excellency Hamdullah Mohib, Ambassador of Afghanistan to the US greeted guests by announcing that the Embassy of Afghanistan had an open door policy as long as he was ambassador. Ambassador Mohib stated that he was looking forward to teaching the audience about his country and that hopefully we would think of Afghanistan as a nation beyond the war and conflict that’s seen in the news. Despite the negativity we hear in the news the Afghan government is making great progress on reforms towards peace and self-reliance. Recently the government has been striving to become a part of the World Trade Organization as well as working to improve their standings with The World Bank.
Afghanistan is looking for to play a positive role in the international community. Ambassador Mohib shared his view of a need for a united coalition against the common threat of terrorism. Previous opponents in the government have come together to advance the overall security and stability of the country. Afghani’s are a nation of resilient people; they have seen much conflict but they are not discouraged about what is ahead of them. They are striving for a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan where everyone has a voice.
Ambassador Mohib expressed his gratitude and that of his people for the work America has done in rebuilding and stabilizing Afghanistan. He acknowledged that the United States has helped Afghanistan greatly in their building of a democracy and also in fighting terrorism. The United States has promised to continue assistance in training and advising Afghan troops until 2017.
Ambassador Mohib concluded by saying that in the past, present, and future there has been great coordination between the United States and Afghanistan. With recent commitment between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the United States to accelerate diplomatic and political efforts to put an end to the conflict in Afghanistan, there will be a shift towards peace negotiations.