US denounces Afghan bid for parallel government

WASHINGTON (HRNW) – The United States on Monday denounced Afghan election runner-up Abdullah Abdullah s inauguration of himself as a rival president, urging unity in Kabul ahead of negotiations with the Taliban.

“We strongly oppose any action to establish a parallel government, and any use of force to resolve political differences,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement, without explicitly naming Abdullah.

“Prioritizing an inclusive government and unified Afghanistan is paramount for the future of the country and particularly for the cause of peace,” he said.

Pompeo nonetheless said he welcomed statements by both Abdullah and President Ashraf Ghani showing a commitment to a peace process with the Taliban as the United States began to pull troops after its nearly two-decade war.

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