Message from the Secretary of State of the United States

I am delighted to welcome you to the photographic exhibition, In Small Things Remembered. This presentation is a testament to the depth and breadth of our partnership with the people of Afghanistan.

Our relationship did not begin on September 11, 2001. This friendship dates back to the 1910s – before Afghanistan’s independence and our first diplomatic contact. From the 1930s to the 1970s, the United States of America partnered with the Afghan government to help build a modern nation. We stood by the Afghan people in their struggle against the Soviet occupation. Now Americans stand with them in the fight against enemies who want to destabilize and terrorize a peaceful society.

This exhibit chronicles our long history together through photos of some of the events that have strengthened our relationship over the years. Through our shared values, our unity against common threats and enemies, and our commitment to a more peaceful world, we have deepened our friendship and cemented the bonds between our people.

In these photographs, you will see official visits between heads of state and exchanges between our citizens. They all had the same goal: to build a better world together.

In Small Things Remembered, curated by Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C., is a reminder of the unbreakable bonds that unite our two nations and a call to redouble our efforts toward a more peaceful and prosperous world.

  Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State