U.S. Welcomes First Meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation Leadership Committee

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the formation and the first Leadership Committee meeting of the Afghanistan High Council for National Reconciliation today. This inclusive body is chaired by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Afghan leaders across the political spectrum have unified to make decisions and mobilize support for a just and lasting peace.  All sides of the conflict ...
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The United States Welcomes Major Milestone in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States welcomes the Agreement announced today by the negotiating teams from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban.  This Agreement is a major milestone in the Afghanistan Peace Negotiations that have been underway since September 12, 2020. The Agreement codifies the rules and procedures the two ...
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Remarks at 2020 Afghanistan Conference

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE DAVID HALE, UNDER SECRETARY FOR POLITICAL AFFAIRS Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale:  Let me begin by thanking the Government of Finland and Special Envoy Taalas; the government of Afghanistan and President Ghani; and the UN, including Special Representative Lyons, for organizing this conference, especially with the constraints posed by COVID-19. We continue to support a negotiated settlement in Doha that ...
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Condemning the Attempt on the Life of International Woman of Courage Mayor Zarifa Ghafari

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States unreservedly condemns the latest attempted assassination of the mayor of Maidan Shar, in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, Mayor Zarifa Ghafari. She is a recipient of the 2020 International Women of Courage award, and this is the sixth assassination attempt she has survived. As I have said before, ...
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Celebrating the 231st Anniversary of the U.S. Department of State (July 27)

MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the U.S. Department of State celebrates its 231st anniversary as the nation’s first executive agency. This milestone is an opportunity to reflect on the essential role of U.S. diplomacy in advancing the interests, security, and economic prosperity of the American people. I commend the State Department team for their extraordinary work to promote and ...
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Condemning Heinous Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan Today (May 12)

Condemning Heinous Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan Today (May 12)   The United States condemns in the strongest terms the two horrific terrorist attacks in Afghanistan today. In an unconscionable assault, gunmen seized one of Kabul’s busiest hospitals, which housed a maternity ward run by Doctors Without Borders. In the hospital, the terrorists took the lives ...
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On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan (March 23)

On the Political Impasse in Afghanistan (March 23) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE The United States is proud of our partnership with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, and admires what Afghanistan has achieved since 2001. We have forged a deep bond, especially with Afghan security forces, through shared sacrifice in responding to threats to international peace ...
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ICC Decision on Afghanistan (March 5)

ICC Decision on Afghanistan (March 5) PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE Today, the International Criminal Court (ICC) Appeals Chamber authorized an investigation into the alleged activities of the Taliban and the U.S. and Afghan personnel related to Afghanistan.  This is a truly breathtaking action by an unaccountable political institution, masquerading as a legal body. It is all the ...
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Defense Secretary Mark Esper: This is our chance to bring troops home from Afghanistan for good (March 1)

Defense Secretary Mark Esper: This is our chance to bring troops home from Afghanistan for good (March 1)   By Mark Esper March 1, 2020 at 1:16 a.m. GMT+4 Mark Esper is a U.S. defense secretary. On Sept. 11, 2001, as many of us remember too well, al-Qaeda perpetrated its murderous attacks against the United States ...
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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability After the Afghanistan Signing Ceremony (February 29)

Secretary Michael R. Pompeo At a Press Availability After the Afghanistan Signing Ceremony (February 29) MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Today is a historic day for the United States of America and the American people. Today, we have taken a decisive step toward peace, real peace in Afghanistan. Just as any worthy journey begins, it ...
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Briefing With Senior Administration Officials On Next Steps Toward an Agreement on Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (February 29)

Briefing With Senior Administration Officials On Next Steps Toward an Agreement on Bringing Peace to Afghanistan (February 29)   MODERATOR: Okay, we’re going to try to give everybody as much time as possible. Let’s talk about ground rules up front. This is going to be on background, SAO, okay? This is going to be embargoed until ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks to Media at the Deployment Ceremony to Afghanistan in Senaki Air Base

  Question about the event Ambassador Kelly It is a real honor for me to participate in this ceremony. It is really symbolic of the very close partnership and friendship that has been forged between the armed forces of the United States and the armed forces of Georgia. And I just want to say what ...
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