Wednesday, 08 December 2021 01:16 GMT

Kuwait welcomes Afghanistan's plan to hold parl't election next Oct.

(MENAFN- Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) KUWAIT, June 26 (KUNA) -- The State of Kuwait has welcomed the announcement of 20 October parliamentary elections.
Kuwait also commends progress in the preparation for the election, despite the security incidents in some provinces, Kuwait's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Mansour Al-Otaibi said Tuesday at a special UN Security Council session on the latest developments in Afghanistan.
He noted that for the first time since 2003, voters had been registered, a process conducted within a national election campaign that featured the distribution of smart national identity cards and voting lists that were linked to polling stations - efforts that demonstrated a genuine desire to achieve "something tangible".
Ambassador Al-Otaibi hoped the elections would allow political parties and chieftains to create coalitions that reduced tensions. Expressing concern over the 5,675 security incidents between 15 February and 15 May, he argued that such acts sought to delay the elections.
He urged Afghan authorities to continue to fight those elements.
Some 75,000 people had been displaced due to armed conflict in 2018 and he expressed concern over 11 attacks against schools and the unabated Taliban violence that had led to many school closings.
Urging all parties to participate in a diplomatic solution, the only way to achieve peace and security, he also welcomed the joint Afghanistan-Pakistan action plan for peace and solidarity, encouraging more regional cooperation in that context. (end) ibi


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