Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 17, 2012


During the May 3-4 Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, U.S. and Chinese officials discussed ways to advance shared goals of a stable, secure, and prosperous Afghanistan.

In pursuit of this goal, Ambassador Gary Locke, Chinese MFA Asia Department Director General Luo Zhaohui, and Afghan Ambassador to China Sultan Baheen gathered today at the China Foreign Affairs University to celebrate the beginning of a joint U.S.-China training program for Afghan diplomats. Representatives from the U.S. and Chinese Embassies in Kabul jointly selected this group of promising Afghan junior diplomats, who will first participate in a two week training program sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and will then attend a Department of State-sponsored training program in the United States.



PRN: 2012/776