European Ambassadors Meet with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah
On 26 May 2014 a delegation of European Ambassadors from the European Union met with leading presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah at a dinner hosted by Special Representative of the European Union for Afghanistan, Franz-Michael Skjold Melbin.
At the gathering, Dr. Abdullah addressed a series of questions from the EU delegation in regards to the up-coming second round of presidential elections, the agenda of the Reform of Partnership Team; regional cooperation, as well as the security, political, economic and human-rights situation in the country.
Dr. Abdullah underscored the importance of fair, credible, transparent elections as essential for ensuring Afghanistan’s future political stability. In that respect, he said as Afghanistan was preparing for the second round of elections, it was necessary to avoid a repeat of the irregularities, which took place in the first round of polls.
EU Special representative Melbin also stressed the importance of a credible and transparent electoral process, and noted that the relevant electoral commissions were undertaking measures to achieve that goal. Moreover, he said the international community attached great importance to the issues economic growth, increased government revenue, poverty eradication, and strengthening of the private sector in Afghanistan.
He noted that the international community expects the future Government of Afghanistan to achieve substantial progress to these ends. Dr. Abdullah provided a detailed account of the Reform and Partnership Team’s economic agenda. He also said that overcoming the economic challenges facing Afghanistan was among the top priorities of the Reform and Partnership Team.
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