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The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative (SRSG) for Afghanistan, Mr. Jan Kubis, called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, at the Foreign Office today. During the meeting, the SRSG updated the Adviser on the UN’s role with regard to the electoral process and political transition.

The Adviser reiterated that a peaceful, stable and united Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s vital interest. Emphasizing Pakistan’s policy of non-interference, he underscored Pakistan’s support for a peaceful democratic transition in Afghanistan, including through completion of the remaining steps in the electoral process in a timely manner and fulfillment of the commitments made by the two Presidential candidates. He reiterated the hope that Afghanistan would emerge stronger and more unified at the culmination of this process.

The Adviser also stressed the importance of deeper engagement of the United Nations and the international community in the reconstruction and economic development of Afghanistan.

SRSG Jan Kubis also called on Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and exchanged views on Afghanistan and regional processes. The Foreign Secretary highlighted Pakistan’s continued commitment to support efforts for Afghanistan’s stability and the regional endeavours for economic development. He also reiterated the imperative need for the international community to assist in the creation of conducive conditions for the early return of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan.

During the meetings, UNAMA’s role in capacity-building and technical assistance in Afghanistan, under the leadership of SRSG Jan Kubis, was appreciated.

27 August 2014

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