- The Washington Times - Friday, December 3, 2004

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL

Vice President Dick Cheney will attend the first Afghan presidential inauguration in Kabul on Tuesday, a month before his own re-investiture.

The White House announced this week that Mr. Cheney and his wife, Lynne, were scheduled to attend Tuesday’s inauguration of President Hamid Karzai, who was elected president Oct. 9 in Afghanistan’s first presidential contest.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, Assistant Secretary of State Christina Rocca and former presidential counselor Karen Hughes would also be part of the U.S. delegation, the White House said.

In addition to attending the inaugural ceremonies Mr. Cheney will consult Mr. Karzai and senior Afghan officials on issues including the war on terrorism and Afghanistan’s path toward democracy. The vice president will also visit U.S. and coalition troops and thank them for their service in Afghanistan, the White House said.

Mr. Cheney and President Bush will be inaugurated to a second term on January 20.

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