Taliban say parallel presidential ceremonies threatens Afghan peace talks progress

The Taliban militant group said peace talks with the Afghan government next week were unlikely to take place because rivals for the presidency were both holding swearing-in ceremonies on Monday, and urged them instead to focus on an end to the war. The United States is trying to push the government toward talks with the… Read More Taliban say parallel presidential ceremonies threatens Afghan peace talks progress

Afghan political rivals issue invites for parallel inauguration ceremonies

Abdullah Abdullah, the bitter rival of Afghanistan’s president-elect Ashraf Ghani, has issued invitations to a parallel swearing-in ceremony due next week, his spokesman said on Saturday. “We’ve sent the invitation to all national and international organizations and all necessary preparations have been taken,” Fraidoon Khwazoon, Abdullah’s spokesman said on Saturday, referring to invitations to an… Read More Afghan political rivals issue invites for parallel inauguration ceremonies