NATO Secretary General congratulates Afghan people on elections

  • 14 Jun. 2014 -
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  • Press Release 2014 101
  • Issued on 14 Jun. 2014
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  • Last updated: 14 Jun. 2014 17:34

Today is another historic day for Afghanistan. I congratulate the millions of Afghans from across the country who cast their votes in the final round of presidential elections.

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Once again, Afghan men and women have shown their determination to have a say in their country’s future. And once again the Afghan security forces and institutions have done an outstanding job despite the challenges. They planned and led all security operations before and during the run off.

I commend the Afghan people for their commitment to democracy, and the Afghan security forces and institutions for their continued dedication and professionalism in securing the electoral process. It is essential for the future of Afghanistan that the election process is now brought to its formal conclusion in a credible, transparent and inclusive way. I call on all stakeholders to play a constructive role in this respect. It is also essential that any allegations of electoral irregularities are addressed through the established institutional mechanisms, and that both candidates respect the final result.

From the outset, these elections have been led by Afghans, secured by Afghans, for the future of Afghans. The Afghan people can be proud of what they have achieved. They have a strong foundation for the future.