Mr Karzai’s speech on Tuesday aimed to promote education in a country whose literacy rate is about 30%.

The Afghan president began crying as he said he wanted people in his country to get an education and be self-sufficient.

“Our sons cannot go to school because of bombs and suicide attacks. Our teachers cannot go to school because of clashes and threats of assassination. Schools are closed,” he said.

Referring to his three-year-old son, he added: “I want him to go to school here, I swear to God I’m worried, I’m worried, oh people, I’m worried. God forbid Mirwais should be forced to leave Afghanistan.”