Location: Embassy of Afghanistan
WL EXCLUSIVE: Photos by Kyle Samperton
TOP-NOTCH DIPLOMACY: Afghan Ambassador Said Jawad paid special tribute to Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, for his quick success in coordinating efforts by myriad governmental agencies (defense, health, etc.) in his country. INTIMATE AFFAIR: Guests from interconnected political, diplomatic, and media circles toasted the guest of honor, who noted that the August elections in Afghanistan would be an important test for the continued development of democratic political processes there. ON THE LIST: Rep. Roy Blunt, Esther Coopersmith, Carlos Gutierrez, Gen. Michael Hayden, and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter.