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NCA Chairman Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with U.K. Ambassador to Afghanistan, H.E. 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 October 30, 2013 at his residence.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed a wide range of issues, including the current political and security situation in the country, issues related to the upcoming 2014 Afghan presidential and provincial council elections, and the recent trilateral talks between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Kingdom in London.

U.K. Ambassador H.E. Sir Richard Stagg sought the views of Dr. Abdullah on the electoral process. On his part, while stressing the importance of transparent elections, Dr. Abdullah noted 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 of utmost importance. In that regard, Dr. Abdullah referred to his meeting with President Karzai earlier in the week to discuss various issues that would help ensure a transparent electoral process.

Ambassador Stagg welcomed Dr. Abdullah’s recent meeting with President Karzai and stressed his country’s commitment to transparent elections, noting his country would continue to provide relevant technical assistance. In the meeting, the two sides exchanged views on possible scenarios that may arise in the electoral process, as well as the National Coalition’s agenda.

Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, senior member of the Leadership Council of the National Coalition of Afghanistan, and the Deputy Political Counsellor of the U.K. Embassy in Kabul attended the meeting.

October 30, 2013 - Kabul, Afghanistan

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