Australia greets Afghans on successful vote
KABUL (Pajhwok): Commending the final round of presidential vote in Afghanistan, the Australian government on Monday said committed to progress in Afghanistan including through the provision of development assistance and continued support for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF).
A statement quoted Julie Bishop, Australian minister for foreign affairs as saying: “The election, held on 14 June, has been managed successfully by the Afghan election authorities and I commend them and the work of the Afghan security forces in achieving this historic milestone.”
The Afghan people, the minister for foreign affairs said defied attempts by armed insurgent groups to disrupt the process and had spoken decisively in favour of democracy. “I applaud their courage and commitment to a peaceful Afghanistan,” She added.
She said that Australia has supported the Afghan electoral process by helping to build more effective institutions. Australian funding for domestic and international observers has helped to preserve the integrity of the voting process.
Civic awareness programs also encouraged increased voter participation, it added.
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