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Ranking US Senators Introduce Resolution Praising Afghan Elections
Embassy of Afghanistan

10/07/2004

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) introduced a resolution on October 6 commending the people of Afghanistan for holding landmark Presidential elections this Saturday, October 9, 2004. Cosponsored by the ranking members of the US Senate, an excerpt from “Resolution on Afghanistan’s Elections” states, “The Government and people of Afghanistan deserve our praise and recognition for their achievements. The process leading to this historic election has not always been easy. But the government of President Karzai and the people of Afghanistan have not been deterred. More than 10.5 million Afghan citizens have been reported registered to vote, reflecting the courage and commitment of Afghans to a democratic future.”

Introducing the resolution, Senator Hagel pointed out that the United States is committed to the long-term reconstruction of Afghanistan, as well as regional peace and security. He reiterated President George Bush’s commitment that “the world and the United States stand with the people of Afghanistan as partners in their quest for peace and prosperity and stability and democracy.”

The Embassy of Afghanistan welcomes this timely resolution and the continued support of Senator Hagel (R-NE) and the cosponsors of the resolution, Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN), Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator John Sununu (R-NH) and Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT).

Ambassador Said Tayeb Jawad stated, “Senator Hagel has been a strong and consistent supporter of the Afghan people. This resolution is one among many contributions Senator Hagel has made to the rebuilding of Afghanistan. We appreciate it.” Ambassador Jawad also applauded the broad support of the US Senate extended to Afghanistan and welcomed their recognition of the achievements of the Afghan people and government of President Karzai. He noted that “the elections in Afghanistan are a significant shared accomplishment by the Afghan people, the United States, and our international partners in the war against terrorism. The overwhelming voter turnout expected this Saturday signifies the success of the international partnership with us and the determination of the Afghan people to elect a democratic government and build a strong civil society in Afghanistan.”

Contact:
M. Ashraf Haidari
(202) 483-6410, (Ex-811)
Haidari@embassyofafghanistan.org

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