The U.S. envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation has said President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah are open to negotiations to end the political crisis.

“I spent much of the last week trying to help Pres @ashrafghani and Dr. @DrabdullahCE come to an agreement on an inclusive and broadly accepted government. We will continue to assist,” Khalilzad said in a Twitter post.

He also added “In their remarks today, both leaders made clear that they are open to negotiations to end the political crisis and that peace and reconciliation is the priority.”

This comes as the two presidential rivals held parallel oath taking ceremonies in capital Kabul on Monday.

The Independent Election Commission announced incumbent Ashraf Ghani as the winner of the controversial presidential elections last month.

However, Ghani’s rival Abdullah Abdullah said he had won the presidential race insisting that he would form a parallel government.

Reacting to growing political tensions, the State Secretary of the United States had earlier tweeted “The U.S. strongly supports a unified and sovereign #Afghanistan and opposes any effort to establish a parallel government or any use of force to resolve political differences,” Pompeo said in a Twitter post.

He also added that “Prioritizing an inclusive government is paramount for peace.”


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