TEHRAN - Jan Kubis, the special representative of UN secretary general for Afghanistan, has said that Iranian officials have taken a “very constructive approach” toward the second round of presidential election in Afghanistan.
Kubis made the remarks during a meeting on Sunday with Ali Akbar Velayati, director of the Strategic Research Center at the Expediency Council.
He also praised Iran for hosting millions of Afghan refugees and backing efforts to form a national unity government in Afghanistan.
The second round of Afghanistan’s presidential election was held on June 14. Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah have locked horns since the June 14, accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote and declaring victory in the contest to succeed Hamid Karzai as president.
However, a committee formed by the rival candidates began discussions on a unity government last week. The committee is part of a joint agreement signed by the two candidates. The talks begin as a massive audit of the June 14 runoff continues, with the goal of announcing a winner by the end of August.
‘Delay in announcing presidential results will disappoint Afghans’
Kubis said a delay in announcing the result of the runoff election will negatively affect the people’s spirit and the country’s economic situation.
He said the formation of a unity government with the involvement of all ethnic and religious groups is essential.
Velayati says Afghans no longer tolerate foreign troops
Velayati, the Supreme Leader’s foreign policy advisor, said that Iran attaches great importance to Afghanistan’s territorial integrity and stability in the country.
Iran will make every effort to help restore security in Afghanistan and back the formation of a government based on the people’s vote and agreement between the two candidates, he stated.
In Iran’s view, Afghanistan should be an independent country that can establish friendly relations with its neighbors, Velayati added.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Velayati said Iran has always stood on the side of the Afghan people and never sought to intervene in the country’s internal affairs.
He went on to say that Iran opposes any kind of extremism and welcomes efforts to determine the fate of Afghanistan through democracy.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Velayati said that the Afghan people have always been against foreign intervention.
He added that the Americans have realized that it is not possible to continue to stay in Afghanistan and that they should leave the country because the Afghan people will not “tolerate” them.