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Secretary Blinken At the Launch of the Alliance for Afghan Women’s Economic Resilience

SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good morning, everyone.  And Kat, thank you so much for not only your good words today – actually, your incredibly powerful words today, which I strongly endorse; in fact, I’m tempted to just drop the microphone and say “what she said” – (laughter) – but for your leadership every day around the world, as well as in Afghanistan.

And I also just want to recognize a few really exceptional colleagues who are joining us today, starting with Don Lu, our Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.  Next to him, Tom West, our Special Representative for Afghanistan, and someone I think known to many of you, Rina Amiri, our Special Envoy for Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights.

The three of them together, along with Kat, and along with so many other colleagues, are making sure every single day that Afghanistan writ large and women and girls in particular…

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