President of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Ljubomir (L.J.) Stambuk, joined a six-member World Affairs Councils delegation to Kabul, Afghanistan at the invitation of Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker this past March.
The main purposes of this trip (to Afghanistan) were to get to know the people, the issues, and the accomplishments of a particular country on a first-hand basis by meeting with a country’s leaders, citizens, public and private sector representatives, as well as to gain an understanding of that country’s cultural heritage. This was done outside the prism of American media or official reports through direct meetings with a country’s own citizens and leaders – a true mission of people-to-people diplomacy.
Photo: The World Affairs Council Leadership delegation with President Karzai at the Palace, Kabul, March 31, 2012