KABUL - James B. Cunningham, the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan on Tuesday said that his country will not support any candidate in the upcoming Presidential election of Afghanistan.
Mr. Cunningham added that the U.S. was never interested to involve itself in any of the political processes, like holding elections in Afghanistan.
The diplomat stressed that the U.S. and its allies are working on the technicalities of the upcoming Presidential election, so that it is held in a free, transparent and fair manner.
The modalities of holding the Presidential election, peace negotiations, issue of Kabul-Washington Security Agreement, progress of talks with the Taliban, and women and human rights were discussed at the meeting, which was attended by some MPs, civil society representatives, and representatives of several political parties.
The U.S. Ambassador informed the participants about his country's position on the issues of Afghanistan.
"President Obama has made it clear that we are not going to involve ourselves in the actual political process. We will not support any candidate. What we will do is encourage all of Afghanistan's political actors to commit themselves for the political process," said Mr. Cunningham.
The issues related to women and human rights were taken up by the Ambassador. He said that his country is committed to ensure women rights in Afghanistan.
"We have spent an incredible amount of time and resources promoting women's rights in Afghanistan, as we do around the world. Every place where we have Embassies, we run programs to support women and build our contacts with the women of that country," Mr. Cunningham added.
Pointing to the Taliban's office in Qatar, he said that the U.S. has no secret agenda with the Taliban in Qatar, adding that the U.S. is doing its best to bring the Taliban on the negotiation table. (Tolo News)