Afghan authorities halt peaceful settlement efforts until election

Afghan authorities halt peaceful settlement efforts until election
# 14 September 2019 16:16 (UTC +04:00)

US President Donald Trump last week cancelled secret meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Taliban leaders following a car bomb attack in Kabul, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The Afghan government is halting peace talks until the presidential election scheduled for 28 September, the country's 1TV News has reported, quoting the president's spokesman Sediq Sediqqi.

Sediqqi said that holding the elections is a priority and that the peace talks will be resumed after the vote. He confirmed that the election will be held on time and rejected the idea of forming an interim government.

"Those who call for the creation of an interim government in Afghanistan oppose the republican system and the Afghan people," Sediqqi said during a press conference in Kabul.

Afghanistan's independent election commission announced in March that the presidential election would be held on 28 September 2019. The Taliban threatened to undermine the vote. UN General Secretary's envoy expressed his concern that the extremists could target civilians taking part in the election.

There are 18 candidates for the post of president, including Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah, who were major rivals in the 2014 vote.

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