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A girl smiles after playing the sitar during a performance by members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A girl smiles after playing the sitar during a performance by members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

A girl smiles after playing the sitar during a performance by members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble perform at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble perform at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble perform at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) applauds members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) applauds members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) applauds members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble listen as some of their fellow musicians take the stage during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble listen as some of their fellow musicians take the stage during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble listen as some of their fellow musicians take the stage during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble listen as some of their fellow musicians take the stage during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble listen as some of their fellow musicians take the stage during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble listen as some of their fellow musicians take the stage during a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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Saifullah Afzali performs a guitar solo as he and other members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music perform at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Saifullah Afzali performs a guitar solo as he and other members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music perform at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Saifullah Afzali performs a guitar solo as he and other members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music perform at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) speaks with members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) speaks with members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) speaks with members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departs after greeting members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departs after greeting members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry departs after greeting members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) greets ghichak player Farhad Safari (2nd R) and other members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) greets ghichak player Farhad Safari (2nd R) and other members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) greets ghichak player Farhad Safari (2nd R) and other members of the Young Afghan Traditional Ensemble before a performance at the State Department in Washington, February 4, 2013. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
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