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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with U.K. Ambassador to Afghanistan, H.E. Sir Richard Stagg

On Wednesday, January 15, NCA Chairman and Afghanistan Presidential Candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, met with H.E. Sir Richard Stagg, Ambassador of the U.K. to Afghanistan at his residence. 

During the meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of issues, including upcoming Afghan presidential and provincial council elections, transfer of security responsibilities from international to Afghan national security forces, peace and reconciliation process, regional cooperation, and the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement.

Both sides highlighted the importance of credible, transparent and inclusive elections to the future stability of Afghanistan. On his part, while stressing the importance of successful elections, Dr. Abdullah noted that the impartiality of the Afghan Government, independence of both electoral bodies and other relevant institutions, as well as effective monitoring of various stages of the electoral process, would be of utmost importance. 

H.E. Ambassador Stagg reiterated his country's assistance to a transparent Afghan led electoral process and noted that the U.K. would continue to provide relevant technical assistance. NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah expressed his gratitude for the continued support the U.K. and other international partners have provided for Afghanistan's rebuilding effort over the past decade. He indicated that the Afghan people are looking forward to a long-term and enduring partnership with the global community.

January 15, 2013 - Kabul, Afghanistan

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