US Commander to Afghan Leaders: Don’t Let Political Process Undermine Security

 Head of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 27, 2016. Credit: VOA
Head of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at his office, in Kabul, Afghanistan, July 27, 2016. Credit: VOA

ISLAMABAD — The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan urged Afghan leaders Thursday not to allow political differences to undermine recent security gains in the war-torn country.

U.S. General John Nicholson made the remarks as President Ashraf Ghani and his governing partner, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, are locked in a political confrontation, raising questions about the survival of their so-called national unity government.

“RS (Resolute Support) respects the Afghan political process, but has no involvement with it. Our only message to all involved is please don’t let the political process undermine the security gains and progress within the security institutions that have been made over the last six-nine months,” said General Nicholson in written comments that NATO’s Resolute Support mission sent to VOA from Kabul.

Simmering tensions between Ghani and Abdullah were publicly exposed for the first time last week when the chief executive criticized the president and accused him of not honoring provisions of the political agreement they signed in September 2014, that paved the way for installing the unity government.

President Ghani called the remarks counterproductive and “not in line with the spirit and principles that shape the foundation of governance.” READ MORE OF THIS REPORTR

SOURCES: VOA News Online

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