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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with Civil Society Representatives

On Wednesday, November 13, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Coalition of Afghanistan and 2014 Presidential Candidate, met with a group of forty civil society representatives from various organizations.

Dr. Abdullah and the representatives discussed a wide range of issues including the scheduled political and security transitions in 2014, drawdown of US and international forces from Afghanistan, ongoing negotiations between the Governments of Afghanistan and the United States on the signing of the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), importance of improving Afghanistan’s domestic and foreign policies, combating corruption and drug production, and the emergence of an effective, broad-based, multi-ethnic representative government, post elections. Views were also exchanged on prospects of long-term international assistance to Afghanistan, as well as the consultative Jirga being held this month to discuss the BSA. On the issues of elections, the representatives expressed their concerns, particularly focusing on security and transparency issues.

Dr. Abdullah highlighted the importance of credible and inclusive elections to the future stability of the country, and also discussed measures being taken to safeguard the credibility of the process. At the end of the meeting the civil society representatives announced their support for Dr. Abdullah’s candidacy in the upcoming elections.

November 14, 2013 - Kabul, Afghanistan

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