Obama welcomes breakthrough in Afghan election crisis
By Ghanizada - Thu Jul 17 2014, 2:34 pm
“First of all, I thanked Secretary Kerry and our outstanding civilian and military leaders in Afghanistan for their success in helping to break the impasse over the presidential election there,” Obama quoted in a statement by presidential palace said.
Obama also thanked the Afghan and the courage of the two presidential contenders who agreed to abide by the results of the comprehensive vote audit.
He said, “If they keep their commitments, Afghanistan will witness the first democratic transfer of power in the history of that nation.”
“This progress will honor both candidates who have put the interests of a united Afghanistan first, the millions of Afghans who defied threats in order to vote, and the service of our troops and civilians who have sacrificed so much,” Obama said, adding that, “This progress reminds us that even as our combat mission in Afghanistan ends this year, America’s commitment to a sovereign, united, and democratic Afghanistan will endure –- along with our determination that Americans are never again threatened by terrorists inside of Afghanistan.”
The US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived to Afghanistan last week amid concerns that the disputed elections could endanger the stability of the country.
The two presidential candidates, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai agreed to full audit of the votes and promised a national unity government, following the talks mediated by Kerry.