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

Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Afghanistan, H.E. Sir Richard Stagg, called on Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Chairman of the National Coalition of Afghanistan, on September 19, 2013.

 During the meeting, the two sides discussed a wide range of issues, including the current political and security situation in the country, issues relating to the upcoming 2014 Afghan presidential elections, peace and reconciliation efforts, scheduled transfer of security responsibilities from NATO to Afghan National Security Forces, and the way forward.

 Dr. Abdullah provided his input on how preparations were going thus far, in regards to next year’s presidential and provincial council elections. He reiterated how important transparent and credible elections would be to Afghanistan’s future stability, and that the Afghan people needed to witness a successful electoral process next year. This will have an important effect on further strengthening the people’s perception about the democratic process and Afghanistan’s partnership with the international community. It will also send a message to the armed opposition that the path of violence that they have chosen is clearly a losing one.

 Both sides also discussed technical and logistical issues related to the elections, in particular the important role of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), as well as their expectations from these institutions. Dr. Abdullah extended appreciation for the valuable role of the U.K. in Afghanistan’s rebuilding effort during the past twelve years, as part of the International Coalition.

 U.K. Ambassador Sir Richard Stagg also emphasized that the presidential elections and the reconciliation process were two important factors that will determine the future path of the country. He highlighted that the international community would stand in support of a transparent electoral process and noted that with a peaceful transition of political power in 2014, Afghanistan will enter a new phase of its stability and development.

September 19, 2013 - Kabul, Afghanistan

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