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Gen. Miller Meets Gen. Dostum, Discuss Security, Election

SHEBERGHAN – General Scott Miller, the commander of US and Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, together with Assadullah Khalid, the Acting Defense Minister of Afghanistan travelled to the northern Jawzjan province on Monday to meet Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, the first deputy of National Unity Government (NUG) and the head of Junbish political party and have discussed the security and election issues, sources confirmed.
Controversial statements about this visit have been reported by the news wire services and some political experts believe the government had specific messages to Gen. Dostum through this security delegation.
Gen. Miller said the trip involved “talking about operations in the north and just making sure we are coordinated across all the security pillars.”
Khalid said: “Our trip today is aimed at assessing the security situation and our programs for future operations. Of course, the election is also one of the topics discussed these days, but those issues will be addressed by those who are responsible to handle them,” said Khalid.
Dostum, speaking to the media, called on the Independent Election Commission (IEC) to announce the preliminary results of the election.
He said that the IEC should not keep the people waiting for results any longer.
“The election commission should find a solution and determine the valid and invalid votes so that the entire population will stop worrying,” said Dostum.
Bashir Ahmad Tayanj, the ex-parliamentarian speaking with Khaama Press confirmed that election issues have been discussed at the margin of the meeting.
“The main purpose of this visit was to discuss the security issues of northern provinces; however, the elections issues have also been discussed at the margin, Tayanj told Khaama Press.
Sonny Legget, the military spokesperson for the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan said in a statement that on Monday’s visit to Shebergan, General Miller, General Dostum and Assadullah Khalid have discussed military operations, security and ANDSF coordination.
During this meeting, the US and NATO’s commander has also given a medal to General Dostum, recognizing Dostum’s key role in the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan.
(Sahar News)

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