UN chief meets Afghan FM on recent Afghan parliamentary elections

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met here on Wednesday with Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoil and they discussed the parliamentary elections that took place on Sept. 18.

The implementation of the government’s post-election priorities, such as the transition to Afghan leadership, regional cooperation and reconciliation in addition to their long-term partnerships with international partners were also discussed, said a UN readout issued here by Ban’s spokesman at the end of the meeting.

The meeting took place on the sidelines of a UN high-level meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which entered its third day on Wednesday.

“The secretary-general stressed the importance for the international community to continue to provide assistance to Afghanistan in line with Afghan national priorities and reiterated the United Nations’ commitment in this regard,” said the UN readout.

The Sept. 18 polls were the second Afghan parliamentary election since the collapse of Taliban regime in 2001, the elections were held to elect members of the 249-seat Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of parliament for the next five years.