Presidents of Pakistan, Afghanistan to visit University

President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf and Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai are scheduled to speak on campus.

Musharraf will speak this Friday in the Marvin Center’s Betts Theatre and Karzai is set to give his address next Tuesday in the Jack Morton Auditorium.

Musharraf’s stop at GW is one of many on his two-week tour in the states, which began last Saturday. Musharraf will also be making visits to the United Nations in New York, Boston, Chicago and meeting with President George W. Bush in D.C., according to the Online International News Network, a Pakistani wire service.

Karzai will be making a speech in the School of Media and Public Affairs building from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and security will be “extremely tight” for both events, said Adela De la Torre, a spokesperson for the University. Speaking with Karzai will be U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez. The two political leaders will discuss economic development prospects in Afghaniston. The name of the event is “Afghanistan Challenges opportunities for Economic Development.”

Those interested in getting tickets should email or call 202-994-1600. Doors to the event with Musharraf will open at 12:30 p.m. and close at 1 p.m. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. Photo identification is required for entry.

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