NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with U.S. Ambassador H.E. James B. Cunningham
On 28 January, 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 and U.S. Ambassador Cunningham discussed a wide range of issues, in particular on the 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. 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. Dr. Abdullah also noted that the international community should undertake all efforts, together with the Afghan people, to ensure holding of transparent, inclusive and credible elections.
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.
January 29, 2014 - Kabul, Afghanistan
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