Statement by the Delegation of Turkey on the Second Round of Presidential Elections in Afghanistan at the 1005th Meeting of the Permanent Council

Delegation of Turkey 19.06.2014

Mr. Chairperson,

We welcome the completion of the second round of
Presidential Elections in Afghanistan last Saturday in a safe and peaceful
environment.

The Presidential Elections constitute an important
stage in the country’s political transition process. They will be decisive for
Afghanistan’s future. The turnout in the elections has reconfirmed the importance
that the Afghan nation attaches to lasting stability, their will to act in
unity and solidarity, and Afghanistan’s determination to stand on its own feet.
The successful organization of the elections is also significant as an
indicator of the capacity attained by Afghan institutions.

We are confident that the election process will be
completed on schedule and that the Government to be formed will embrace all
segments of the people of Afghanistan and take further steps towards bringing
peace, stability and prosperity to the country.

Turkey’s objective is to promote peace and stability
in Afghanistan. To this end, we will maintain our solidarity with the friendly
people of Afghanistan. We will also continue to work in close collaboration
with the new Government, building further on the solid foundation provided by
our bilateral relations.

Thank you.