Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959

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Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower  | Date: December 9, 1959

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Remarks Upon Arrival at Bagram Airport, Kabul.
December 9, 1959

Your Majesty, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen:

It is with the greatest pleasure that I address you here this morning in Afghanistan. I want first to convey the warm and friendly greetings of the American people to Afghanistan and its people. Ever since His Royal Highness Prince Daud visited us in the United States a year ago last June, I have cherished the hope that I could return his call. It is a sign of the age in which we live that I am able to travel the many miles involved in this journey in the short space of time available to me.

It is a reminder of the fact that all of us live very close together in the 20th century. True friendship and mutual respect for nations has become not only desirable, it is an absolute necessity. My one regret is that my visit here must be so brief. All my life I have heard and read about this great country, with these magnificent mountains, already snow-capped as I see, its austere beauty, its brave and sturdy people, and its indomitable spirit of independence.

It is a great privilege for me now to be in your country to see a little of it for myself, and to meet more of your people, even though for so short a time.

I thank you, for this welcome.

NOTE: The Presidential motorcade left Bagram Airport at approximately 9:15 a.m. for Chilstoon Palace, the King’s residence in Kabul. Riding with the President were His Majesty Mohammad Zahir Shah, King of Afghanistan, M. H. Maiwandwal, .Ambassador to the United States, and Henry A. Byroade, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

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Chicago: Dwight D. Eisenhower, "306 Remarks Upon Arrival at Bagram Airport, Kabul.," Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959 in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.886 Original Sources, accessed September 20, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2T989G3NEACRLT.

MLA: Eisenhower, Dwight D. "306 Remarks Upon Arrival at Bagram Airport, Kabul." Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959, in Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.886, Original Sources. 20 Sep. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2T989G3NEACRLT.

Harvard: Eisenhower, DD, '306 Remarks Upon Arrival at Bagram Airport, Kabul.' in Public Papers of Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959. cited in , Federal Register Division. National Archives and Records Service, Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1959 (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1956-), P.886. Original Sources, retrieved 20 September 2018, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=D2T989G3NEACRLT.