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Afghan Women Diplomats Visit to Washington


Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 31, 2010

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Ten female Afghan diplomats are in Washington until April 7, 2010, on a visit under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, in conjunction with the Office of Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI), the Bureau for South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA), and the National Foreign Service Training Center (NFATC). The program goal is to assist the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in their efforts to expand and diversify their diplomatic corps and to foster a broader exchange between Afghan and American diplomats. The visit will include an intensive four-day training program at the NFATC Foreign Service Institute campus in Arlington, VA as well as a series of meetings, roundtables, presentations and events with counterparts and senior officials at the Department of State, international NGOs, think tanks and foreign missions.

The women are available for interview. Please email or call the press contact below.

Program participants:

Ms. Suraya Maheer Ayoubi, Officer in Charge of Credential Desk, Law and Treaties, Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Munira Faizzad, Human Rights Desk Officer, Human Rights and Women's International Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Marjila Ghairat, Member of Spokesman’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Fawzia Habib, Development Desk Officer, Human Rights and Women's International Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Sultana Sana Haidari, Member of Law and Treaty Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Nazifa Haqpal, Member of Spokesman’s Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Monireh Kazemzadeh, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Desk Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Sohaila Noori, Investment Desk Officer of Directorate General Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Madina Qasimi, Gender Desk Officer, Human Rights and Women's International Affairs Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ms. Shahla Zuri, Member of Western Europe Desk, Fourth Political Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Press Contact:

S/GWI Public Affairs Advisor Ruth Bennett, BennettRE@state.gov; 202-647-7282



PRN: 2010/377



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