World wants Afghanistan’s gains preserved: Hammond
KABUL (Pajhwok): British foreign secretary Philip Hammond on Monday said the UK and all the international community wanted to remain cooperative with Afghanistan and to preserve the gains so far made in the war-torn country.
Hammond, who called on Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah Abdullah at his office in Kabul, reassured his country’s long-term cooperation with Afghanistan, a statement from the CEO’s office said.
The British foreign secretary said the electoral reform in Afghanistan and timely conduct of future elections would help the international community continue its cooperation with Kabul.
Calling anti-corruption fight and economic reforms as crucial, Hammond said these actions could guarantee a long-term international assistance with Afghanistan.
Abdullah said Afghanistan had achieved significant progress in many fields, but problems remained and their solutions lied in mid and long-term international community’s cooperation with Afghanistan.
The CEO said if Afghanistan faced problems and challenges in its economic and security sectors, there also existed vast opportunities and the Afghan government was committed to benefitting from those opportunities in a timely manner.
He said though Afghanistan had achieved gains in its military sector, the government was ready to end the war through negotiations.
Abdullah said the Afghan forces with their unmatched sacrifices had rescued the country from local and foreign militants and had proved their ability to defend the soil and the people.
He said the government would hold parliamentary and district could elections in autumn but before the elections, the electoral regime would be reformed in line with people’s demands.
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