Ashraf Ghani meets US Ambassador; discuss elections, peace, security

Ashraf Ghani meets US Ambassador; discuss elections, peace, security

Ashraf Ghani meets US Ambassador: discuss elections

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had a meeting with Alice Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, to discuss issues related to the presidential election, peace, security and regional relations.

The meeting was held on Tuesday at the Presidential Palace, President Ghani’s office released in a statement.

Wells appreciated the successful holding of the fourth presidential election in the country, saying the elections are important to consolidate the foundations of democracy.

Recently, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also praised the Afghanis for taking part in the elections and said that all necessary steps required to be taken to ensure the transparency of the process.

Ghani said that no candidate should claim victory before the results are announced by the electoral commissions and the independence of the electoral commissions and their decisions must be respected. He pointed out that there is a broad consensus for achieving a dignified and sustainable peace, as the peace process is a priority for the current and future government.

The US Embassy in Kabul in a tweet on October 9 called on “everyone to respect the time required” for the Afghan election organizations to finish processing the votes, saying it is “better to beright than fast.”

On Monday, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg spoke about the peace talks between the US and Taliban.

He said the alliance welcome the peace talks only on the condition that the Taliban shows a “willingness to make real compromises at the negotiating table.”

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