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    Secretary of State John Kerry Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Dr. Ashraf Ghani Joint Press Conference UNAMA


    August 8, 2014 Dr. Abdullah: Ladies and gentlemen, I am very pleased to inform our people at this very critical moment of our history that today myself, our teams and Dr. Ashraf Ghani and his team, we have taken another step forward in the interest of strengthening national unity in the country, strengthening the rule of law in the country, and also bringing hope for the better future for the people of Afghanistan. Today's joint statement is the result of efforts by both teams, Dr. Ashraf Ghani at the top of his own team, and our own team worked together, and we are also delighted to have the support of the international community here. I would like to thank Secretary Kerry for his efforts in supporting our joint efforts for the better future for Afghanistan, as well as Ambassador Kubish who facilitated part of these efforts here. As a result of today's joint statement which gives better hopes for the people of Afghanistan, we are committed to the audit process which is underway and we will be cooperative in pursuing and pushing it in order to complete it hopefully at such a time that it will help Afghanistan also to attain its own international goals which are important for us. Legitimacy of the process will be restored as a result of this comprehensive internationally supervised audit. In regards to the political agreement, once again I reiterate that today was another step forward for the affirmation of both sides' interest and commitment to the newest agreement, political framework agreement, and also further developing it. And also moving forward in the implementation of it. So from now on, I hope that the atmosphere of campaigning is behind us. Hopefully completely to a large extent, and then a new case in the political life of the people of Afghanistan starts and we are committed to working together on the basis of our common vision for the future of the country, in order to utilize the opportunities which are ahead of us and to be able to deal with the challenges which we are faced with. We thank once again the commitment of the international partners, not only in support of our efforts which today's event is another example, but also their reaffirmation, the reaffirmation of their commitment that a legitimate outcome of the elections will help them, enable them to fulfill their commitments towards the people of Afghanistan, in support of the people of Afghanistan, and in strengthening the rule of law, in helping the economy of the country, in helping security in Afghanistan, and also strengthening of our institutions. So I would like to thank Secretary Kerry, Ambassador Kubish, but more than anything else, Dr. Ashraf Ghani for his spirit of cooperation throughout the talks, and his colleagues, and hopefully from now on the people of Afghanistan will be a witness to a new case in the political life of the country. Thank you. Dr. Ghani: Ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to share with you, as my dear colleague Dr. Abdullah has shared with you, that he and I have reached agreement and signed a communique on defining our future cooperation. This communique reflects our sense of national obligation and our duty to put the interests of Afghanistan, every child, every woman, every man, above everything else. The country cannot take uncertainty. Uncertainty is a threat. Our action today and in following weeks should create an environment of certainty and trust. We trust each other. We will work with each other to fulfill this national duty and obligation to every effort. The basis of our cooperation is defined by our mutual commitment to the constitution of Afghanistan. The constitution reflects our supreme values because our constitution is a reflection of our Islamic values and national values and our sense of aspiration for being a society that we deserve. We therefore are committed to make sure that every article of the constitution acquires embodiment in practice, in our relationshi

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