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Elections most important event in Afghanistan this year: US

As Afghanistan votes to elect its new President, the Obama administration has said that the presidential and the provincial polls are the most important event that will happen in the country this year.

world Updated: Aug 20, 2009 07:41 IST

As Afghanistan votes to elect its new President on Thursday, the Obama administration has said that the presidential and the provincial polls are the most important event that will happen in the country this year.

"The Presidential and the provincial elections are the most important event that will happen in Afghanistan this year. We wish the Afghans well in their election tomorrow. I think, this is an important event in choosing their own leaders," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said at his daily press briefing.

Gibbs said the US will continue to monitor the security situation in the country on the election day. "The President increased our troop commitment, to Afghanistan, based on a belief that the security situation for these elections was tremendously important. We certainly continue to monitor that," he said.

However, Obama Administration's top point man for the region, Richard Holbrooke did not issue any statement on the eve of the elections.

Neither did the US issue the customary congratulatory message to the people of Afghanistan on the occasion of the country's 90th Independence Day on Wednesday.

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