Secretary Clinton's 4th of July MessageAbout the Author: Mark Stroh serves as Information Officer at U.S. Embassy Kabul.
Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry praised both American and Afghan democracy at Embassy Kabul’s Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 2. Flanked by Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta and addressing a crowd of several hundred invited guests including Afghan ministers, National Security Forces personnel, government officials, members of the international community and others, Ambassador Eikenberry said, “This is a dual celebration: the birthday of the world’s oldest democracy, and our deepening partnership with one of the world’s newest democracies, Afghanistan.”
Ambassador Eikenberry noted the efforts of the United States to assist Afghanistan, and also the extraordinary hardships that the Afghan people have endured. “We have contributed our resources and our time,” the Ambassador said. “More importantly, we have sacrificed the lives of our sons and daughters.” Ambassador Eikenberry then quoted President Barack Obama, who recently said, “Despite the costs involved, America’s commitment will not weaken.” Foreign Minister Spanta described the example that American democracy sets for emerging nations. “It has shown to the world the promise of freedom, liberty, constitutionalism, and democracy.” Foreign Minister Spanta further noted that sustainable development and peaceful coexistence can only come about within a democratic system of governance.
The embassy celebration included performances by the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division brass band and a joint performance by American jazz musicians and traditional Afghan players. Ambassador Eikenberry said that the joint musical performance was a tribute to the great partnership between the United States and Afghanistan. “So today,” the Ambassador said, “we salute the friendship and solidarity between our people and we celebrate our common purpose.”
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