JALALABAD (TOLONews): Nangarhar government Hayatullah Hayat placed a wreath on the tomb of King Amanullah Khan on Sunday at a ceremony to commemorate the 99th anniversary of Afghanistan’s independence.
The late king has always been credited with the signing of a treaty with the British Empire in 1919, proclaiming full independence and the creation of the nation.
Hayat was also accompanied by provincial government and security officials.
He said after the wreath-laying ceremony that he hopes to soon restore the king’s tomb and its surroundings.
“We are committed to restoring the tomb and its surrounding areas,” he said.
Nangarhar residents meanwhile celebrated the day throughout the city, which was not only bedecked with flags but colorful neon lights had also been strung up around the city ahead of Sunday.
Independence Day meanwhile generated messages of congratulations from people, organizations and governments around the world.
The US government sent an early morning congratulatory message and said it commends the people of Afghanistan’s resolve and determination in continuing to strive for a future of peace and prosperity.
UNICEF Afghanistan also issued a message on Twitter and said: “As we commemorate the Afghanistan Independence Day today, we re-echo our call for an end to violence, especially against children and hope for the emergence of a peaceful, stable and beautiful Afghanistan.”
Resolute also took to Twitter and said: “NATO Allies and partners serving in the Resolute Support mission wish Afghanistan congratulations for Independence Day. We remain united in our commitment to help Afghanistan attain peace. We pay tribute to the ANDSF and the Afghan people.”