Afghanistan celebrates the American Bicentennial.

a. Ambassador Abdullah Malikyar (left) presents a Statue of Liberty plaque to Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. b. Special Envoy Mohammed Naim receives a commemorative plate.
L to R: Martin Schaller, Executive Secretary to the D.C. Mayor; Naim; Samad Ghaus, Deputy Foreign Minister; Ralph Becker.
Washington, D.C., 1976

This marble, alabaster, and lapis lazuli depiction of the Statue of Liberty was created by Afghan artisans to honor the American Bicentennial. Several months earlier, a District of Columbia representative presented a 200th Anniversary plate to Special Envoy Mohammed Naim, President Daoud’s brother, during an official visit to Washington, D.C.

Courtesy of the National Archives Still Picture Unit. 306-SSA-76-3312-2A-1.
Photograph by Joseph Pinto.
Courtesy of Ambassador Theodore Eliot.

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