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Russia expects elections to bring stability to Afghanistan

April 07, 2014, 14:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
“Owing to unprecedented efforts of the Afghan authorities, the voting proceeded successfully despite a growth in terrorist activity,” the Russian Foreign Ministry says
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MOSCOW, April 07. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia expected that presidential and municipal elections held in Afghanistan on April 5 would contribute to the return of stability, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

“Owing to unprecedented efforts of the Afghan authorities, the voting proceeded successfully despite a growth in terrorist activity over recent months and repeated threats to disrupt the voting process,” the ministry said, noting “a relatively high voter turnout”.

Russia also expected that the elections would help in “fixing a course towards democratic development of the country and further consolidation of the nation,” it said.

“Russia closely followed the election process in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. A delegation of Russian observers was sent to Kabul ahead of the vote. We are waiting for the official announcement of the election results and confirm readiness to continue co-operation with the Afghan authorities on a wide range of issues of mutual interest, and first of all in the fight against terrorism and drug crimes,” the ministry added.

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