Abdullah and GhaniThe Ulema Council of Afghanistan has called on presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai to end the deadlock over Afghanistan’s presidential election.

Head of the Ulema Council of Afghanistan, Qeyamuddin Kashaf has said the only solution to the current situation was a speedy agreement on the formation of a national unity government in order to prevent a crisis and in the best interests of the Afghan people.

The issue was shared during a meeting beteween the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for AFghanistan Jan Kubis and Mr. Kashaf, the UN mission in Afghanistan said.

The Special Representative met the Ulema Council members, including its head, Qeyamuddin Kashaf, on Tuesday, to consult with them and seek their advice on the current situation between the two presidential candidates as part of his ongoing engagement with diverse stakeholders in support of the electoral process.

“The Ulema Council informed me of their position on the current stalemate between the candidates in relation to the formation of a government of national unity – and it is a position I wholeheartedly agree with,” said Mr. Kubiš, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).

“The UN supports the formation of a government of national unity led by the winner of the election – as the candidates committed to on 12 July and reiterated on 8 August,” he added. “At this critical juncture genuine partnership is necessary to meeting the country’s many challenges, and strengthening its stability and unity.”