The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

May 06, 2008 10:00 ET

Media Advisory: Afghan Ambassador to Canada to Discuss Canada's Role in Afghanistan at Fraser Institute Cocktail Series

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - His Excellency Omar Samad, Afghan Ambassador to Canada, will discuss Canada's role in Afghanistan in the second evening of the Fraser Institute's cocktail series, Behind the Spin: Fraser @ Centini, Thursday, May 8.

Canada's renewed commitment to extend the Afghanistan mission has been met with some opposition from Canadians who continue to ponder our mandate in Afghanistan and the resources required to support the mission. Samad will provide an insider's perspective on the impact Canada's efforts are having on the lives of the Afghan people.

Samad took up his posting as Afghan Ambassador to Canada in September 2004. Prior to his arrival in Canada, he was the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Afghanistan and director general of the Information Division.

The Fraser Institute's Behind the Spin cocktail series offers a unique opportunity to discuss an array of issues with opinion-makers whose leadership on key topics informs the news and public debate. The series is hosted by well-known commentator Danielle Smith.

Samad will be available for media interviews in the afternoon on May 8. Please contact Raeann English to co-ordinate details at (604) 688-0221 ext. 568.

Interested media are invited to attend the event.

Date: Thursday, May 8, 2008

Time: 5:30 pm-7:30 pm (Program from 6:15 pm to 7:15 pm)

Location: Centini Restaurant and Lounge
160 - 8 Avenue SE, Calgary

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