Nominations of government officials in Afghanistan a "milestone"

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UNAMA's office compound in Bamyan, Afghanistan. Photo: UNAMA / Aurora Alambra

The nomination of Ministers and senior civil servants in Afghanistan has been welcomed by the UN as "a milestone" in implementing an agreement to form a government of national unity.

The accord, reached in September last year, ended a political crisis following disputed results of the June 2014 presidential run-off elections in the country.

Under the deal President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah are sharing power in the new government.

The head of UNAMA said that in agreeing the nominations, the two Afghan leaders and their teams demonstrated what he called the "spirit of respectful collaboration."

UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq has more.

"The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) welcomed today's nomination of Ministers and senior officials as an important milestone in implementing the agreement for a National Unity Government. The Secretary-General's Special Representative, Nicholas Haysom, reiterated that the UN remains a committed and reliable partner of Afghanistan, and looks forward to working with all new Ministers and officials in support of the Government's work." (21")

The Afghan constitution requires that the nominations be put to the Wolesi Jirga, the National Assembly's Lower House.

Afghanistan continues to face security challenges posed by Taliban extremists who intensified their attacks as foreign troops prepared to leave the country at the end of last year.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations

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