Afghan president visits


  Afghan President Hamid Karzai

Princeton NJ -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai (right) visited campus on Sept. 26, giving an address in Richardson Auditorium and meeting with students afterward at a reception.

He came to the University at the invitation of SPARKS, a student group whose members have worked in Afghanistan during the country's rebuilding. In conjunction with Karzai's government, SPARKS is establishing a school in the capital of Kabul, which will open in November with 40 kindergarteners and eventually house 1,500 students.

In his address, Karzai thanked the nations that helped to oust the Taliban leadership and begin the reconstruction of his country, emphasizing that the "cooperation of civilizations" is evidence that violent differences of religion and culture do not supersede the ideals of peace and security on which humanity is built.


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