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In recent years the United States has developed a deep interest in Afghanistan; members of Congress and other government officials have visited Afghanistan, Radio Azadi, and the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty headquarters in Prague. As mementos of their visits, many public officials have been given illuminated letters that were sent to Radio Azadi. The letters on display in this section are on loan from Senator Benjamin L. Cardin, Senator Thad Cochran, Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, Senator Patrick Leahy, Senator Joseph Lieberman, Representative Ed Royce, and Senator John Thune.

Letter Given to Senator Benjamin L. Cardin

The letter sends greetings to Radio Azadi, requests a song, then states: “Long Live South Pakhtoonkhwa!” This is followed by two verses of poetry by famed Pushtu poet Mohammed Asghar.

Name: Nasrullah Abd al Maqari
Language: Pushtu

On loan from Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (052.00.00)

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Letter Given to Senator Thad Cochran

Name: Naseeb Gul
Language: Pushtu

On loan from Senator Thad Cochran (053.00.00)

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Letter Given to Senator John Thune

Name: Muhammad Faruq Mazlum
Country: Afghanistan
Province: North Waziritstan
City: Miranshah
Language: Pushtu

On loan from Senator John Thune (054.00.00)

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Letter Given to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke

Name: Bakht Hassan Mangal
Country: Afghanistan
Language: Pushtu

On loan from Ambassador Richard Holbrooke (055.00.00)

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Letter Given to Senator Patrick Leahy

Name: Khujal Khan Jigarkhun
Country: Afghanistan
Province: Paktuja
Language: Pushtu

On loan from Senator Patrick Leahy (056.00.00)

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Letter Given to Senator Joseph Lieberman

Names: Wajia Ahmadi, Lailuma Danish, and Mursal
Country: Afghanistan
Province: Parwan
Language: Dari

On loan from Senator Joseph Lieberman (075.00.00)

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Letter Given to Representative Ed Royce

Name: Farid Ahmad Qubadi
Country: Afghanistan
Province: Logar
City: Charkhi

On loan from Representative Ed Royce (057.00.00)

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