(KABUL, Afghanistan) — Afghanistan celebrated its independence day on Monday, although it had nothing to do with the U.S. led-invasion 12 years ago that drove out the Taliban.
Rather, in what has been a traditional ceremony for the past 94 years, Afghanistan marked its liberation from Britain.
A parade was held in the Afghan capital of Kabul and was attended by President Hamid Karzai and members of his Cabinet.
It was on Aug. 19, 1919 that a treaty was signed that granted Afghanistan its freedom from Britain. Letting bygones be bygones, the British embassy in Kabul also called for improvement in relations between the two countries.
A number of world leaders, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, also sent Karzai best wishes for peace and stability even as the current war rages on with no sign that the Taliban is willing to give up its quest to regain the power it held from 1996-2001.
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Ivana Kottasova, CNN
Sugam Pokharel and AJ Willingham, CNN