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I’ve met the leaders of today, and tomorrow, and they’re in Afghanistan looking for support to help bring peace and stability to the nation

By Meladul Haq Ahmadzai      

I will continue to do the same.

Then Afghanistan's minister of interior Hanif Atmar, centre, pictured on May 3, 2010, with Brig.-Gen. Anne MacDonald at a NATO training mission along with other officials. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia/U.S. Navy photograph

OTTAWA—When I was just out of high school in 2013, I had the opportunity to meet and sit down in a hotel conference room in Ottawa with Afghan leader Hanif Atmar. At the time, he had held several positions within the Afghanistan government including education minister, interior minister, and most recently national security adviser. I had read his bio prior to meeting with him, which allowed me to learn about the different portfolios he held. I shook his hand and told him what I was doing in Canada, that I had completed school, and that I was volunteering in the non-profit sector with Oxfam Canada.

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