The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement ahead of the presidential elections in Afghanistan which is scheduled for 28th of September.
Secretary Pompeo said in his statement “Along with other international donors, we have called repeatedly for the Afghan government and electoral institutions to make preparations for a credible and transparent presidential election.”
Furthermore, Secretary Pompeo said “Afghan voters who risk their lives to participate in elections deserve to know the outcome accurately reflects the voters’ choice. Coalition forces and donors who have sacrificed to give Afghans the ability to choose their leaders deserve to have this confidence as well.”
Pompeo further added “We expect Afghanistan’s institutions to take all necessary steps to ensure the election is transparent and credible to Afghan voters.”
In other parts of his statement, Pompeo said “We hold all candidates accountable to the code of conduct they signed.”
He also added “We call on all parties, including the Taliban, to ensure Afghan voters can go to polling centers on election day without fear of intimidation, attack, or violence.”
“We strongly condemn the threats made today by the Taliban against election workers and voters,” Pompeo said, adding that “Any attempt to intimidate, coerce, or buy voters is an attack on democracy.”
Meanwhile, Secretary Pompeo said “We offer our strong support to the Afghan National Security Forces, who day-in and day-out sacrifice their lives for the cause of peace and stability.”