New Afghan Ambassador Mohib presents credentials to Obama
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghanistan's new ambassador to the United States, Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, presented his credentials to President, Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.
Dr Mohib, who reached Washington recently, presented his credentials to Obama at a simple ceremony at the White House Thursday afternoon. The event was closed to the press.
“As ambassador, I look forward to deepening the links between our countries and to building and cementing relationships in many fields, from which we will all benefit,” Dr Mohib said in a message posted on the embassy website.
Under the leadership of President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan had entered a new era of reform, he said.
“Our goal is to become a full-fledged member of the community of democratic and prosperous nations. Close ties with US have been essential to our progress to date and a mutually beneficial building block for the future,” he said.
Noting that help and partnerships extended by the US would enable the rising generation of Afghans to achieve their historic mission, he said Afghanistan paid homage to the great sacrifices Americans had made on their behalf, especially to the 2,363 troops who died in the struggle.
“We thank the million servicemen and women, and the 30,000 American civilians and aid workers, who have helped us defend and build our country. We are inspired by the American troops who have trained Afghan soldiers and then fought side by side with them,” he said.
“President Ghani has now laid out a plan to advance Afghanistan's self-reliance and reform. Its full implementation is one way we can express our gratitude to you for our partnership,” he said.
Dr. Mohib, who has a PhD and Bachelors degree with honors from Brunel University in the United Kingdom, was Deputy Chief of Staff to President Ghani before he was appointed for this top diplomatic posting.
Before joining the government, he worked for the American University of Afghanistan and Intel Corporation. He has been an active leader in civil society among the global Afghan community.
He founded the largest Afghan diaspora youth association in Europe, the Afghan Students Association of the United Kingdom. He also founded and served as Chairman of the Board for the Afghan Professionals Network (APN).
As part of APN, he started a think-tank “Discourse Afghanistan”, and initiated community service programming to support special needs orphans in Kabul, and to recognize achievements of Afghan women.
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