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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with European Union (EU) Special Representative to Afghanistan

On 28 January, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Coalition of Afghanistan met with H. E. Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, EU Special Representative & Head of EU Delegation to Afghanistan in Kabul.

In the meeting, Dr. Abdullah and EU Special Representative Mellbin discussed various issues of mutual interest, including upcoming Afghan presidential and provincial council elections, US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, handover of security responsibilities from NATO to Afghan national security forces, as well as ongoing peace and reconciliation efforts.

Both sides highlighted the importance of a transparent and credible electoral process to Afghanistan’s future stability. On his part, Dr. Abdullah noted that impartiality of the Afghan Government, independence of both electoral bodies and relevant institutions, as well as effective monitoring of different stages of the electoral process, would be of vital importance. He further extended his appreciation for the important role the European Union is playing in Afghanistan.

The Head of EU Delegation to Afghanistan highlighted the important effect successful elections will have on the overall situation in the country. He stated that the European Union is eager to see Afghanistan succeeded in its efforts, and that the EU was committed to continuing its constructive role with regard to the long-term stabilization efforts in the country.  

January 29, 2014, Kabul-Afghanistan

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