Government Says Elections First, Peace Deal After

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Sunday September 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Government of Afghanistan said on Saturday it suspended efforts related to peace process until presidential election which is scheduled to be held on September 28.
Addressing a press conference in Government Media and Information Center here yesterday afternoon, president spokesman Sediq Sediqi said that election was priority, adding consultations on peace would begin after the vote. He reiterated that the election will be held on due time and dismissed idea of forming and interim government. “Those who call for interim government are against the republic system and Afghans,” Sediqi added. This come after US President Donald Trump abruptly cancelled peace talks with the Taliban over the last weekend, following months of its special envoy’s negotiations with the group. Amid increased operations against the Taliba, Sediqi said that security situation would improve in next 10 days. He also rejected US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s claim of Afghanistan being “Three countries.”

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