Prince Mohammed Naim presents his
credentials at the White House.

Washington, D.C., 1948

In 1948, the U.S. and Afghan missions were upgraded to full embassies. King Zahir Shah sent his cousin to serve as
Chargé d’affaires in Washington, D.C. — a sign of the importance the Monarch placed upon diplomatic relations. President Harry S. Truman commented that the friendship between the two countries would be “preserved and strengthened” by the presence of senior diplomats in each capital.

Courtesy of the National Archives Still Picture Unit. 306-PS-44-P-49-2619; Acme.

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