Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs addressed Afghanistan’s recent presidential elections in an announcement urging respect for people’s vote.
"With respect to the bills cast by the people of Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran endorses the final winner of the Afghani elections who would come out after the process of evaluating the complaints, believing that Afghanistan’s future success will depend on a comprehensive government derived from the pure vote of the people,” the announcement read, according to Mehr News Agency.
The statement stressed that Iran, as an immediate neighbor of Afghanistan, attaches great significance to the country’s security, stability, solidarity, national unity and territorial integrity, rejecting any move that would result in instability in the country.
The statement also said the rightful demands of candidates for a full, accurate and fair investigation into irregularities must be respected.
The release of initial results in Afghanistan’s presidential vote showed that Ashraf Ghani won the run-off election with 56.44 percent of the votes while his rival Abdullah Abdullah came in second with 43.56 percent.
Abdullah has rejected the initial results of the run-off vote. "We will not accept a fraudulent result — not today, not tomorrow, never. We don’t accept the results of frauds. People of Afghanistan were waiting for the real results,” Abdullah told his supporters on Tuesday, Press TV reports.
"As it has time and again maintained, the Islamic Republic of Iran believes that Afghan affairs have to be solved by the Afghani, those who took responsibility to take part in the fervid presidential elections despite threats by the extremist. Foreign intervention will only further complicate the situation and wont be of any help,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry added.