Feldman called Ghani increasingly temperamental: Wikileaks
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): President Barack Obama’sf ormer Af-Pak point man described Ashraf Ghani as an increasingly imperious and temperamental individual, left with a few aides.
“Ghani appears to be increasingly imperious and temperamental, firing people on the spot without replacements, not delegatingand micro-managing,” ex-special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Dan Feldman wrote in an email.
The diplomat sent the mail to John Podesta weeks after he had left the White House.“His circle of close advisors has shrunk to only 2 or 3, and even those fear him and likely don't speak fully honestly to him.”
Feldman’s email, dated March 25, came in response to a request from the former White House official, who then prepared for dinner meeting at the Blair House with the visiting Afghan president.
Podesta is now chairman of the Clinton campaign and Feldman one of foreign policy advisors to the campaign. The email is among a whole cache released by Wikileak son Monday. Neither the State Department nor the Clinton campaign has verified the authenticity of the email.
Feldman said CEO Dr. Abdullah was not happy with the functioning and decision-making process of Ghani. The diplomat urgedPodesta to ask Ghani to cooperate with Abdullah.
“Leverage Abdullah's qualities and put him to work in helping to execute the government's initiatives, including on electoral reform now that the decree has been issued. Give him portfolios that he can oversee and help to implement,” Feldman asked Podesta.
“Make him vested in the government's functioning. And most importantly, truly consult with him, not just to fulfill the letter of your political agreement, but its spirit,” the email added.
Feldman wrote Abdullah was quite gracious about Ghani, even in private, but raised repeated concerns about lack of consultation on multiple key issues. “The decree establishing the authorities for the CEO's office has still not been agreed by Ghani.”
The then special representative also urgedPodesta to ask Ghani about a backup plan if Pakistan was unable to bring the Taliban to the negotiations table. “If Pakistan isn't successful in pressuring the Taliban senior leadership to come to the table in the coming weeks, what's the back-up plan for reconciliation? How do you best manage expectations on this account?”
Feldman said Ghani raised expectations unrealistically when he told the press about imminent talks, which had not been confirmed by the Pakistanis.
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