MoFA: No decision yet on rep to NATO summit
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Monday said a decision on who would represent Afghanistan at next month’s NATO summit in Wales would be made after the new president was sworn in.
At the UK summit, which is two weeks away, representatives of NATO member states will discuss a whole host of issues, including their new mission in Afghanistan.
NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said international forces would extend their presence in Afghanistan post 2014 only when the new president signed the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) before the summit.
However, Afghan election tensions are far from over and it remains unclear who will the next president and when he will take the office. All votes cast in the election are currently being audited.
MoFA spokesman Shakib Mustaghni told a weekly news briefing in Kabul it was unclear who would represent Afghanistan at the NATO summit in Wales.
“We are waiting for the final election results and hope the outcome will be announced soon to enable the Afghan government to make a clear and timely decision,” he said.
Mustaghni warned further delay in the election result could affect international support for Afghanistan.
The election process has no effect on the relationship between Afghanistan and other countries but some NATO states are concerned about the uncertain political situation.
Regarding a US senator’s concern that Afghanistan could face an Iraq-like fate, Mustaghni said: “The situation in Iraq is starkly different from Afghanistan, which has powerful security organs.”
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