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US urges Afghanistan to end war with Taliban

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The United States, after announcing the results of the presidential election in Afghanistan, is calling on authorities in Kabul to focus on ending the war with the Taliban, said State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus.

“The Afghan people want peace. It is time to focus not on the election campaign, but on steps to establish a lasting peace, end the war with the Taliban, and find a political settlement formula that meets the interests of all citizens through inter-Afghan negotiations,” from a common statement.

The State Department noted that they expect the start of inter-Afghan negotiations in March. “We urge all parties to participate,” Ortagus said.

The United States also thanked Kabul for the decision to postpone the inauguration of the president.

The inauguration of Ashraf Ghani, who won according to the results of the final count of the presidential elections in Afghanistan, will be postponed for 15 days, a source close to the president told RIA. Initially, the ceremony was scheduled for February 27.

Earlier, Reuters, citing sources, reported that the United States was asking Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to postpone his inauguration amid fears of a breakdown in the agreement with the Taliban.

The radical Taliban movement stated that the re-election of Ashraf Ghani as president of Afghanistan runs counter to the peace process in the country. The Taliban also called the elections ostentatious, “throwing dust in the eyes” without recognizing them.

The presidential election in Afghanistan took place on September 28. Last week, the incumbent head of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, gained 50.64% of the vote as a result of the final count of the presidential election and was declared the winner. His rival in the elections – the current head of the country’s executive branch Abdullah Abdullah – did not recognize the results of the final count and announced his victory.

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