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U.S. President Wants President Ashraf Ghani to Postpone Inauguration

25 Feb 2020 The Killid Group

(TKG) – The Reuters news agency quoted anonymous sources as saying that the U.S. president asked Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to postpone the planned presidential inauguration. Following the declaration of Afghanistan’s presidential election results, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani claimed victory last week and planned to take the oath of office on Thursday, February 27. On the other hand, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, another presidential candidate, also announced himself as the winner and is planning a parallel inauguration, the Reuters quoted Afghan media. The United States, however, calls the situation a threat to the U.S.-led peace process and the signing of a U.S.-Taliban deal that has been set to be signed on February 29. Because of those concerns, the U.S. Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who has been in Kabul since last week, wants President Ghani to delay his planned inauguration to a second five-year term, a source familiar with the matter told the news agency. The U.S. State Department and White House did not release any comments immediately; however, the Afghan Embassy in Washington declined comment, according to the source. The sources that Reuters quoted requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. The post U.S. President Wants President Ashraf Ghani to Postpone Inauguration appeared first on The Killid Group.

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