September 1st, 2010
10:15 AM ET

Afghanistan ambassador to U.S. ends service

Afghanistan's ambassador to the United States, Said T. Jawad, confirmed Tuesday that he has completed his service as ambassador but he adamantly denied that he has been forced out by what he called "a smear campaign."

The Washington Post has reported that the ambassador's departure was prompted by Afghanistan websites that have carried photographs purportedly showing an embassy party held during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with alcohol, women in sleeveless dresses and dancing at the event.

Jawad denied any improper behavior in violation of Muslim customs or that publicity about allegations against him had forced him out.

"My ending my time as ambassador has nothing to do with that ... it has nothing to with the smear campaign going on in Afghanistan," he told CNN in a telephone interview. "I have not been recalled."

"I've been serving as ambassador for seven years and that is a long term for any ambassador," Jawad said. "My service is coming to an end."

Jawad said he would continue to work on Afghanistan's behalf but gave no specific details. "I'm totally committed to service for Afghanistan," he said.

In a lengthy farewell message posted on the embassy website, Jawd said: "Our hopes are still high and I am committed to continuing to contribute to Afghanistan's future in my private capacity as well as through the newly formed Foundation for Afghanistan, so Afghans can realize their full potential for building a pluralistic and prosperous society...We have been blessed to be the face and voice of the new Afghanistan in America."

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  1. Walid

    i think yaqubi is a terrorist and helping insurgents

    September 6, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  2. Emile Zola

    If we allow criminals to explain their behavior, crimes, we wouldn't have jails. From, I'm not a crook to We don't torture, from WMDs to invading a sovereign nation under false pretenses, criminals, for most part, always deny their crimes. It's a sad day for American values when criminals run the government without any accountability and using fear and "war on terror" to advance a political agenda that has more to do with racism, corruption than law and order. This "new law and order" has more to do with tyranny than a democracy.

    September 2, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. john

    All the poppies need to be eradicated. No exceptions. THAT will start the civil and political evolution for a respectable and responsible national agenda. Internatianal Drug-dealing by the Narco-state of Pakistan -and others, is not a part of the Bible, the Torah –nor the Quran. Mine the ore, the gas and oil & minerals --and get things going....build schools and toursist areas; hang the polically corrupted officals and kill all Taliban. Problem solved.

    September 2, 2010 at 7:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    No he is with us and how should I EVER forget it?

    September 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Calm down man, there will be a time after Jesus' reign where we will no doubt throw them into eternal fire. But with that kind of hatred for these satanic people we could probably use your help during the great tribulation after the rapture of the church when they begin their reign. If we had more people like you we would shorten those days as God has said he would do!

    September 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan in Lafayette, IN

      Well then lay down your arms and stop your suicide bombings and pick up your IED's and get to the table and talk peace or is Islam going to fight until the last breath?

      September 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      "result is peace or Islam" Given the choice i will take peace.

      September 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. amust

    his country is in ruins, his people are deprived of basic necessities, and he is having a party, wine, dine, etc.,
    was he really serving his country or his down desires.

    September 1, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Arthur

    Sure he can live in anyway he wants here in one of the greatest democracies in the world however, hosting parties and serving alcohol in the holy month of Ramadan in an Islamic embassy is a BIG NO NO.
    He should have know better.

    September 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Hi Arthur,
      He does know better, and if you took the time to do your research, you would see that Ambassador Jawad was in Brazil and Colombia during the first part of Ramadan (when these parties were alleged to have happened). There is an interview he did for VOA in Brazil that proves he was there during that time. Also, as many news outlets have reported, the photos from these "Ramadan parties" are not from a recent party but rather from an event that occured over a year ago in celebration of Afghan Independence Day. Mr. Jawad has obviously served with class and distinction and is very close with President Karzai. The smear campaign was clearly bogus and fabricated by those who covet his position. He was not asked to resign, as WaPo suggests, he is just done...it's been 7 years!

      September 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • haha

        I agree with you sarah.

        September 2, 2010 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jen

    And why would it MATTER if he had been at a party where there was alcohol and women were dressed in western attire and dancng? HE IS IN AMERICA!!!!! Sure, it's bad form because those things are against the most conservative tenants of the faith he practices, but that is HIS business, and his practice of his faith should be left between him and God.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ryan

      Jen you are so smart.

      September 2, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. mnsoldier

    Would I be wrong by assessing that he is not going back to Afghanistan? He has found a good life here and has made more than enough cash from all we are tossing at them to stuff enough away for himself and his family to live more than cozy here in the USA. I wouldnt want to go back their either if I was him.

    September 1, 2010 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      I would if the Communists were to make a comeback there.That's what Afghanistan needs to modernize it's society and be free of foreign rule at the same time.

      September 1, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • John Hopkinson

      " contribute to Afghanistan's future in my private capacity as well as through the newly formed Foundation for Afghanistan, "

      So who pays for this "newly formed" (surprised?) venture? Is this something like the Bill Gates Foundation?

      September 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joseph McCarthy

        I like the Communists better.If there's one thing the Afghans don't need,is more foreign inroads into their country.In fact,that's what happen to China some 150 years ago culminating in the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.

        September 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bledsoe

    Isn't this awful???

    September 1, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Palestinians arrest Hamas after attack
      UPI Wed, 01 Sep 2010 04:56 AM PDT
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      September 2, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Barak: Israel willing to divide Jerusalem
      The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles Wed, 01 Sep 2010 09:05 AM PDT
      Israel would be willing to divide control over Jerusalem as part of a peace deal, Defense Minister Ehud Barak told an Israeli newspaper.

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