President Ghani Calls for International Help for Presidential Election

Afghan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani has called on international observers and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization to monitor Afghan elections (presidential).

In the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, President Ashraf Ghani expressed that holding presidential election on September 28 of current year, focus on peace, implementation of self-sufficiency program, investment on regional connectivity and renewed regional and international cooperation, will be the actions that Afghanistan will take.

President Ghani emphasized that “our commitment and authority in achieving of peace with the Taliban is based on the resolution of the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga held from April 29 to May 2.”

He stressed that to prove the work towards Afghanistan’s self-sufficiency, the country would increase its revenues by 90% and this year alone $1 billion is expected to be saved in security sector.

President Ghani added that the process of turning Afghanistan into an energy crossroads and transit corridor between Central Asia, South Asia, Iran and the Gulf is on the process of realization.

He considered the drugs, terrorism and war as a threat to welfare and security for the member countries of SCO and stressed that, every government should cooperate in the field of analysis and measures to counter the spread of this phenomenon.

Achieving a peace agreement with the Taliban can serve as a key component in reducing violence, and development in pursuit of peace requires regional consensus and information of knowing Taliban’s affiliations with their supporters, Ghani emphasized.

International experience has shown that the neighboring countries which undergo war will be the largest economic beneficiaries during peace, and therefore Ghani suggested that a regional team should work with the Shanghai Group to bring successful and beneficial projects for regional connectivity and poverty reduction.

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