University of Virginia Holds Ambassadors’ Forum: Democracy and Founding Principals of Freedom

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, Afghan Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Hamdullah Mohib participated in an Ambassadors’ Forum, put on by the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. The program aims to facilitate a discussion between Ambassadors from all over the world and UVA students about a wide array of topics, including formation of governments, relations between the United States and each Ambassador’s host country, political and cultural developments, and more.

Ambassador Mohib sat on a panel with representatives from Azerbaijan and Czech Republic, followed by a Q&A from the students. He discussed Afghanistan’s many achievements since 2002, specifically education, highlighting the seven million children that are currently enrolled in school, approximately 37% of them girls.

He also spoke about trade and efforts to expand regional collaboration so that Afghanistan can once again become the hub for Central Asia. Last month, the first shipment of nearly 2,400 tons of Wheat arrived in Kabul from India via the Chabahar Port, a direct product of enhanced regional cooperation.

On the role of women in the country, Ambassador Mohib discussed the increasing role of women in all sectors, ensuring the government’s commitment to increasing women’s participation even further and highlighting a high-level, all-female Afghan delegation, including the Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs H.E. Adela Raz; Deputy Minister for Policy, Naheed Zarabi; and Senior Advisor to the President, Shaharzad Akbar, that will arrive in Washington, D.C. next week to meet with U.S. government officials and organizations.

On support for Afghanistan, Ambassador Mohib spoke about the involvement of the U.S. and international community in aiding to rebuild the country since the fall of the Taliban regime, highlighting the successful initiatives and developments that have come from bilateral relations.