Presidential Candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Meets with U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan, Mr. Jan Kubis
On Monday, November 25, H.E. Mr. Jan Kubis, U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan, called on Presidential Candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah at his residence.
In the meeting, both sides discussed a wide range of issues, including political and security developments in the country, results of the consultative Loya Jirga convened by President Karzai on the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement, upcoming Afghan presidential elections, and the Tokyo International Conference on Afghanistan held earlier this year.
On the issue of elections, Special Representative Mr. Kubis welcomed the recent announcement of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on the final list of candidates for the presidential and provincial council elections, considering it as an important step towards holding of successful elections. He also underscored the importance of credible, transparent and timely elections, reiterating the international community's emphasis and support towards this effort. Mr. Kubis also praised the important work carried out thus far by the IEC and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), in preparation for the elections.
On the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA), Dr. Abdullah indicated that the democratically elected Parliament of Afghanistan should endorse the signing of the agreement at the earliest possible. He also noted that the BSA should not be subject to manipulation by President Karzai for his own political interests. Dr. Abdullah noted that all delegates and representatives that took part in the consultative Jirga were respected and patriotic citizens who had the best interest of the nation at heart, and they had clearly illustrated their support for the Security Agreement. He also stressed on the importance of inclusive and transparent elections, considering it as paramount in helping to bring security and stability to the country, as well as an effective and responsible government capable of addressing the current challenges at hand. Dr. Abdullah also conveyed his appreciation for the United Nations Assistance Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) for their vital and constructive role in the country.
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