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Tags: AS | Afghanistan

Afghan Government Says Elections First, Peace Deal after

Saturday, 14 September 2019 06:38 AM

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says that the priority for his government is to hold national elections later this month — rather than reach a peace deal with insurgents.

Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says Saturday that a legitimate peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban can only come after the presidential election scheduled for Sept 28.

U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ended talks finalizing a deal with the insurgent group last week.

Afghanistan's elections were widely expected to be delayed under any U.S.-Taliban deal. The Afghan government was largely shut out of the negotiations.

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An Afghan official says that the priority for his government is to hold national elections later this month - rather than reach a peace deal with insurgents.Presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi says Saturday that a legitimate peace deal with Afghanistan's Taliban can only...
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