Afghans fighting for freedom from fear: Mohib
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Despite winning independence in 1919, Afghanistan was currently fighting for freedom from fear, Ambassador Hamdullah Mohibsaid on Wednesday, claiming his country had made tremendous progress in the last decade.
“There is a similarity between the freedom that Afghanistan won in 1919 and what we are fighting to win today. We are still fighting for our freedom -- but this time, we are fighting for our freedom from fear,” he remarked.
He was speaking to a select Washington audience that comprised of top officials from the White House, Pentagon, State Department, and eminent Afghan Americans.
“We are fighting for the freedom to become a self-reliant, peaceful nation. And we are fighting for our children’s freedom to grow up in safety and pursue any dream they have,” he said at the reception marking the Afghan Independence Day.
“For the past 15 years, Afghanistan has worked and endured many sacrifices so it can move forward as a new democracy. Every achievement we have made -- and there have been many -- takes us farther along that journey,” he added.
Last week, Afghanistan signed the first of what he said would be more agreements to come. “Our peace deal with Hezb-e-Islami was the result of an Afghan-owned, Afghan-led process. And it showed the world that this government is capable of strength not just on the battlefield, but also at the negotiating table.”
US Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy said Washington would recommit to Afghanistan’s development through 2020 at next week’s conference in Brussels. He hoped for significant pledges of assistance at the conference.
Kennedy said the Afghan forces had improved their capacity to respond to threats but conflict was not just won on the battlefield. “It's an opportunity to recommit to a stronger Afghanistan and take pride in what we've achieved together.”
Major General Van Roosen said the progress made by Afghan national security forces was impressive. Among others, Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson also attended the event.
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