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NCA Member Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, Meets with U.S. and U.K. Officials

On Saturday, January 4, 2013, Mr. Mahmoud Saikal, member of the leadership council of the National Coalition of Afghanistan (NCA), met the Deputy Ambassador of the United States Embassy in Kabul, P. Michael McKinley.

The two sides discussed a number of issues, including up-coming 2014 Afghan presidential and parliamentary council elections, US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, transfer of security responsibilities from NATO forces to Afghan National Security Forces, and ongoing discussions about the release of Taliban prisoners from the Bagram detention center.

Additionally, last week, on December 31, 2013, Mr. Mahmoud Saikal met with the Political Counselor of the U.K. Embassy in Kabul, Mr. Ben Fendler. Various issues related to the electoral process, and other ongoing important issues concerning Afghanistan's security and prosperity were discussed.

In the meetings, Mr. Saikal stressed that holding transparent and inclusive elections will 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.

January 5, 2013 – Kabul, Afghanistan

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Abdullah Abdullah Moves Toward Center of Afghan Power


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Dr. Abdullah Abdullah: In His Own Words
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