ISAF Commander, NATO SCR release joint statement
on inauguration of President Ashraf Ghani
"KABUL, Afghanistan (Sept. 29, 2014) — The Commander of ISAF and U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, U.S. Army General John F. Campbell, and the NATO Senior Civilian Representative to Afghanistan, Ambassador Maurits Jochems, congratulate the Afghan people on the inauguration of Ashraf Ghani as the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and the appointment of Abdullah Abdullah as the Chief Executive Officer of the National Unity Government. Today the world witnessed Afghanistan’s first peaceful transfer of presidential power. It is a testament to the determination of the Afghan people and their national security forces to move their country forward.
Ambassador Jochems said, “I want to congratulate President Ashraf Ghani on his inauguration, and also Abdullah Abdullah on his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. I wish them well as they lead Afghanistan into a future of promise and peace that all Afghans want and deserve.”
General Campbell added, “While it has been a long, hard road, the people of Afghanistan have shown incredible courage. Their tireless and unwavering efforts to bring peace and security to Afghanistan by exercising their democratic rights provide me great optimism and confidence as they confront the future.”
“I reiterate our continued commitment to the partnership forged between NATO and Afghanistan over the last decade," said Campbell, "as all Afghans support the government that will lead them into a future of unity, peace, and prosperity.”"