Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

First lady’s visit boosts morale in Afghanistan

March 31, 2005

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— First lady Laura Bush spent six hours in Afghanistan on Wednesday, praising the courage of Afghan women and pledging more U.S. help for the war-torn country.

She shook the hands of many women, some of whom shyly held scarves across their faces. She told them how happy she was to meet them and she wished them all good luck.

First lady Laura Bush, right, is greeted by Afghan schoolchildren
upon her arrival at Kabul University in Afghanistan. Mrs. Bush
spent about six hours in the country Wednesday.

First lady Laura Bush, right, is greeted by Afghan schoolchildren upon her arrival at Kabul University in Afghanistan. Mrs. Bush spent about six hours in the country Wednesday.

"I bring the very best wishes of the American people," she told a group at a new women's teacher training institute.

Bush, a former teacher and librarian, has said she was concerned about the lack of education for Afghan girls under the former Taliban regime.

Bush's trip was seen by many here as a signal of America's commitment and as a morale booster for Afghan women.

"It was a very short visit," said Naveed Ahmad Moez, spokesman for Afghanistan's Foreign Affairs Ministry. "But just having Laura Bush visit is a very positive sign."

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