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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with U.S. Ambassador H.E. James B. Cunningham

On November 7, NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with H.E. James B. Cunningham, Ambassador of the United States to Afghanistan, at his residence.

In the meeting, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and U.S. Ambassador Cunningham discussed a wide range of issues, including upcoming Afghan presidential and provincial council elections, as well as the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement.  Ambassador Cunningham sought the views of Dr. Abdullah on the upcoming elections. In his remarks, Dr. Abdullah stressed that holding transparent and inclusive elections would serve as a vital mechanism in enabling the Afghan people to choose their own political destiny. He further added that through a successful electoral process, the faith and confidence of the Afghan people in the democratic process and rule of law would be significantly strengthened. Dr. Abdullah also stated that the Afghan nation was at a historic and critical juncture, and that cooperation and dialogue between the country’s presidential candidates and political figures was of utmost importance. In addition, he underscored that the impartiality of the Afghan Government, independence of the both electoral bodies and other relevant institutions, as well as effective monitoring of various stages of the electoral process would be vital.

Furthermore, Dr. Abdullah emphasized the importance of continued international support for strengthening democratic institutions in the country. In this regard, he expressed his appreciation for the invaluable support of the United States for Afghanistan’s ongoing rebuilding effort. He called for increased assistance to help Afghanistan combat terrorism, narcotics production and corruption.  U.S. Ambassador Cunningham reaffirmed his country’s commitment to Afghanistan’s stabilization efforts, as well as for the upcoming elections, adding that the United States would provide technical assistance for the electoral process.  In addition, he noted that a successful political transition was necessary for ensuring long-term stability in the country.  This would help institutionalize democracy in Afghanistan.

November 7, 2013 - Kabul, Afghanistan

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