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US Ambassador's meeting with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah

7th of May 2014, The United States' Ambassador to Afghanistan, John Cunningham, met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the frontrunner of the 2014 presidential election, at his residence.

During this meeting, the disastrous landslide in Badakhshan, the process of counting the votes, the complaints examination process, The Reform and Partnership Team's positions and the US-Afghanistan relations, were discussed.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah returned from Badakhshan shortly before this meeting and he explained the situation of the victims to Ambassador Cunningham. He asked for the US and the world community for aid and better coordination in order to save those who suffering because of the landslide.

Dr. Abdullah Abdullah told Ambassador Cunningham that unfortunately the required transparency did not exist during the counting and auditing of the ballots and in most cases the IEC and the EEC failed to act according to their promises.

Ambassador Cunningham promised that the US will send more humanitarian aid to the victims of the disaster. Additionally, he stressed that America is hopeful that the electoral commissions will execute their duties responsibly and transparently in order for the next president to have credibility, legitimacy and support from the people of Afghanistan.  

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