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Afghan officials look to Colonie

Town part of U.S. tour meant to help forge future of Afghanistan

The Town of Colonie might not have the same culture, landscape or problems that the country of Afghanistan faces, but officials from that faraway land hope they can learn something here all the same.

The Town of Colonie might not have the same culture, landscape or problems that the country of Afghanistan faces, but officials from that faraway land hope they can learn something here all the same. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— Mayor of Kandahar City Mohammad Omer said the country is working towards eliminating corruption. Kandahar City is where the Taliban was founded.

“We know it’s a big problem in Afghanistan,” Omer said through an interpreter. “We’re working towards a peace deal with our enemies and I humbly believe peace is foreseeable.”

Mayor of Markazi Behsood Qamar said much like herself, many women “don’t want to lose the freedoms and achievements they have.”

“The majority of Afghan people actually want peace, they don’t want to continue the war and also democracy has gotten some roots in Afghanistan,” Qamar said through an interpreter. “The people of Afghanistan don’t want to go to the dark period of the Taliban.”

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