New York, 29 September 2014 - Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Afghanistan
The Secretary-General congratulates Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on his inauguration as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. He further extends his congratulations to Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on being sworn in as Chief Executive Officer.
The Secretary-General notes the serious challenges facing Afghanistan and calls for the new government to be formed quickly and to work with all Afghans in a spirit of national unity. He applauds the great determination, patience and strength demonstrated by the Afghan people, and encourages the new government to uphold these virtues as it moves the country forward.
The Secretary-General notes that this is a historic event and reaffirms the continued commitment of the United Nations to support the government and the people of Afghanistan in the new period of transition and beyond.
Statements on 29 September 2014