KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday said people’s massive participation in the runoff election would help bring stability to the country.
President Karzai met with a number of youth recently graduated from universities in Afghanistan and abroad, especially in India, at the Presidential Palace, a statement from his office said.
At the meeting, the students thanked Karzai and his administration for facilitating the youth to pursue higher studies inside and outside of the country.
“We studied advanced and professional knowledge because of your cooperation and commitment to serve the people and the motherland,” the statement quoted the students as saying.
Pointing to the achievements made during Karzai’s 13-year rule, they said: “Because of your leadership, the youth had strengthened and the national unity bolstered.”
For his port, Karzai said he was happy that Afghan students were getting higher education in their country and abroad. “Our collective efforts made these higher education opportunities available to our youth,” he added.
He said education was the only way to end reliance on others, adding: “Illiteracy is the main problem the Afghans are confronted with. The more knowledge you get, the better we can develop the country,” the outgoing president told the new Afghan generation.
The president assured the youth that Afghanistan was on its way to development and stability, urging them to actively cast votes in the second round of presidential election due on June 14.
The students thanked the president and handed him an appreciation letter in recognition of his services in facilitating students. The students urged Karzai to keep playing his role in rebuilding the country even after his retirement.