Speaking to the press following the meeting which lasted five hours, Eide
said that determined to keep the pace of their meetings and in line with their joint commitment to a leader-led process, the two leaders met in a positive and results-oriented atmosphere.
Clark, a state and local tax partner at Eide
Bailly LLP, has over 29 years of tax experience working in private industry, at an international "Big 4" firm, and as co-owner/partner of a local Denver, Colorado CPA firm.
Responding to the top UN official's statement, Basit said Pakistan itself has been calling for talks with the Taliban and Eide
's remarks were a 'misinterpretation' of Islamabad's aims.
During the last eight years, the letter said, Kai Eide
had been one of the UN envoys acceptable both to the Afghan people and the UN chief.
said the United Nations supported vote fraud investigations which are due to be completed, and a final result announced, in days.
There is no way to know at this stage what the level of fraud is," Eide
resigned his post last August to run in the legislative elections in his country, Norway.
said the UN was involved in face-to-face talks with the Taliban leaders to establish and stability in the region.
"The United States fully supports United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Special Representative Kai Eide
in UNAMA s oversight of and support for Afghanistan s election processes on behalf of the world community," State Department spokesman Ian Kelly said in a statement.
His pointed questions to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) were evidence of a much tougher line towards the Afghan authorities than the softly-softly approach of Eide
, who heads the UN mission to Kabul.
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