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UN Secretary-General calls Afghan candidates to push unity government deal

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

UN Secretary GeneralThe United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called both presidential contenders Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Thursday to push the two candidates for unity government deal.

“Yesterday the Secretary-General had separate phone calls with both Afghan presidential candidates, Dr. Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said following a statement.

The statement further added, “In his conversations, he stressed the need for both of them to abide by their public commitments and conclude the political agreement on a government of national unity. The Secretary-General said the audit, which is currently on-going and is being supported by the United Nations, was robust, comprehensive and consistent with international best practices.”

The Secretary-General asked both to think of the future of Afghanistan and its people, the statement said, adding that he reassured them that the United Nations and the international community were united in their support of a peaceful transition in Afghanistan.

“The Secretary-General also spoke to outgoing President Hamid Karzai. He told him that the United Nations would remain committed to a partnership with Afghanistan. He also expressed the hope that Mr. Karzai would continue to remain involved as an elder leader of the country,” the statement added.

This comes as the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman visited Afghanistan on Thursday amid persistent deadlock over presidential election.

Feltman met with presidential contenders Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai in a bid to underscore the United Nations Secretary-General’s call for a successful conclusion to Afghanistan’s presidential election process.

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