Spokesman for US Department of State, Mark Toner says Washington is committed to cooperate with the Afghan government for the continuation of efforts in brining reforms.
The National Unity Government passes two years since its formation.
Mark Toner urged both NUG leaders to appoint the members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaint Commission (IECC) as soon as possible.
“President Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah developed a new electoral decree when they were – came into office, and that will determine the process for selecting new members of the Independent Elections Commission as well as the Electoral Complaints Commission. These are important bodies, because they’ll manage the elections, and they have to be viewed as credible by Afghans if future elections are to meet even a minimal threshold of success. We are urging, and continue to urge, both leaders to make more rapid progress on that front,” said Mark Toner, Spokesman of US department of state.
The establishment of Afghanistan‘s National Unity Government in September 2014 was an improvised solution after a contentious presidential election.
A political agreement was negotiated between the two main candidates who had competed in the election’s second round and who were locked into an ongoing argument as to how the electoral bodies should deal with allegations of mass fraud.
A political crisis was averted – however, the government has since struggled with the contradictions inherent in its structure and the high expectations that followed its promises of reform.
Toner called the Brussels summit an effective step for supporting and strengthening Afghanistan.
“There’s going to be the Brussels conference next week looking for donor commitments for Afghanistan, and that’s going to strengthen Afghan institutions, spur economic growth, support the Afghan Government’s reform agenda, and send a strong signal to the Afghan people and the region that the international community remains committed to a stable and prosperous Afghanistan. But, ultimately, these are conversations that need to be had among Afghans and Afghan leaders,” Mark Toner added.
On 5 October, the European Union and the government of Afghanistan will co-host the Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.
This conference will gather up to 70 countries and 20 international organizations and agencies.
It will provide a platform for the government of Afghanistan to set out its vision and track record on reform.
For the international community, it will be the opportunity to signal sustained political and financial support to Afghan peace, state-building and development.