President Eisenhower is welcomed at the airport
by King Zahir Shah, Afghan government
officials, and children.

Bagram, 1959

The President’s visit to Kabul during his Goodwill Trip around the world was an important moment in U.S.-Afghan relations. In his remarks to the King, Eisenhower said, “All my life I have heard and read about this great country, with these magnificent mountains . . . its austere beauty, its brave and sturdy people, and its indomitable spirit of independence.”

Courtesy of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. 73-798-14.
Photograph by Sultan Hamid.


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