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NCA Chairman & Presidential Candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with NDI Delegation

On December 7, 2013, a senior delegation of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), headed by Mr. Karl Enderfurth, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State, called on Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, leader of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), 2014 Presidential Candidate.

The purpose of the visit of the NDI delegation was to conduct an assessment of preparations for the upcoming presidential and provincial council elections, scheduled for April 2014. At the meeting, which took place at the residence of NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the two sides discussed a wide range of issues, including the activities of the NCA, recent decisions taken by the Afghan Government, various aspects of the electoral process, the U.S.-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, peace and reconciliation process, transfer of security responsibilities from NATO to Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and the prospect of a regional consensus for enduring security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan.

In that regard, NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah provided a comprehensive overview of the related issues and expressed appreciated for the NDI's contribution to helping institutionalize democracy in Afghanistan. He also requested Mr. Enderfurth to convey his best wishes and regards to Madame Madeleine K. Albright, current Chairman of the National Democratic Institute.

Mr. Endefurth was accompanied by several senior level associates, including Mr. Peter Manikas, regional director for Asia programs at the NDI.

Kabul, Afghanistan – December 8, 2013

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