January 14, 2016
The Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington hosted a reception for Afghan diaspora organizations working in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area.
The event brought together more than 120 Afghans representing organizations from diverse communities including, engineers, doctors, sports, artists, women’s activists, and religious and cultural activists.
The event began with a recitation from the Holy Quran and continued with a statement by Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, who briefed the participants on the achievements and challenges in Afghanistan. Ambassador Mohib also spoke about importance of Afghan diaspora in the U.S. uniting for their country.
He also added that Afghans living in the U.S. can greatly contribute to their country by finding common ground and mobilizing for Afghanistan’s future.
He said being away from one’s native land could not stop them from serving their country and said, “Migration for us was probably never a choice, but a compulsion. Any country that went through so much suffering would have been forced to migrate.”
The Ambassador stressed the importance of a continued partnership with the United States, which will continue to play a big role in Afghanistan’s future. He further added that terrorism was a threat to all and emphasized that Afghanistan fights a war on behalf of the region and the world.
He concluded by stressing that wherever Afghans are, it is important for them stand behind their security forces.