Talk out differences, US urges Ghani & Abdullah
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Amidst differences between President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Abdullah, the United States on Tuesday encouraged the two leaders to work together to pursue common goals.
“We have seen CEO’s public remarks regarding President Ghani and the government of national unity,” a State Department official told Pajhwok Afghan News when asked about the reported differences between the two.
The US remained supportive of a government of national unity and encouraged both President Ghani and CEO Abdullah to work together to pursue common goals, the official said.
“We regularly consult with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and their key advisors, as they work to advance Afghanistan’s democracy, peaceand prosperity,” the official added.
The US strongly supported the democratically elected government of Afghanistan, he said, stressing there was work to be done. There had been concrete progress since the inauguration of the unity government, acknowledged the official.
During a gathering at Sapedar Palace on International Day of Youth, Abdullah criticised Ghani over some issues and said he had no option but to openly express his views.
The CEO said he could not hold a single meeting with the president in three months to talk about the promises made under the unity government deal.
The agreement envisages the legitimacy of CEO post, organisation of grand Loya Jirga, amending the constitution, reforming the election system and distribution of computerised identify cards.
Abdullah expressed his displeasure over the non-implem6entation of the unity government deal, saying he was the first person who accepted Ghani as president.
But an individual at Presidential Palace, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News, Abdullah’s comments came at a time when a grand meeting of the Jamiat-i-Islami (JI) was scheduled in coming days.
He said the CEO comments were more about point scoring a head of the JI meeting in which party affairs and future plans would be discussed.
According to the source, the CEO still attended meetings of Economic Council, National Security Council, Procurement Commission and other gatherings at the Presidential Palace.
He said the CEO had more understanding on various issues compared to anyone else in the government and his comments were merely aimed to impress the JI members.
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