U.S. opens consulate in west Afghanistan

10:41, December 17, 2009      

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The Untied States of America opened its consulate in Afghanistan's western Herat province bordering Iran on Wednesday.

Speaking on the occasion, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry said that Washington has long-term commitment to Afghanistan and wants to boost its cooperation with Afghan people.

This is the first U.S. diplomat mission, opened outside capital city Kabul. The United States reopened its embassy to Afghanistan after ousting Taliban regime in late 2001.

The new consulate will operate for three years in a leased hotel in Herat city, the capital of Herat province, and during the period the United States will construct new building for the consulate.

In his remarks, Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta noted that the opening of the U.S. consulate will not affect the relations between Kabul and Tehran.

The U.S. will open its consulate in Afghanistan's northern Mazar-e-Sharif city bordering Uzbekistan next year.

Source: Xinhua
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