India roots for peaceful solution to Afghan election quagmire

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 12, 2014 16:45 hrs

India has called for an amicable solution for the smooth completion of the election process in Afghanistan for its larger interest.

An MEA release said that New Delhi will standby with Afghan people in their quest to build a stable, united and a prosperous Afganistan.

In response to a media question on elections in Afghanistan the Official Spokesperson of the MEA said: "India has consistently stood with and supported the Afghan people in their quest to build a peaceful, stable, united, democratic and prosperous Afghanistan. A credible, peaceful and transparent election, accepted by all, and leading to a smooth political transition is essential for the Afghans to achieve this goal and preserve the enormous gains that they have made in the past decade in the face of formidable odds. Therefore, at this critical juncture of multiple transitions for Afghanistan, the election process should become a source of unity, not of discord."

"India has deeply admired the democratic commitment shown by the people of Afghanistan in the Presidential election, despite widespread threat of violence. We hope that the final outcome of the Presidential election will be in accordance with the Constitution and the electoral laws of Afghanistan, including on the use of mechanisms for redressing election-related complaints and grievances. This will ensure that the election is broadly acceptable to the people of Afghanistan," he added.

"We count on the wisdom of the Afghan people, the Government and the election machinery of Afghanistan and, above all, the two candidates to find an amicable solution for smooth completion of the election process in Afghanistan's larger interest," the MEA official further added. (ANI)

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