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Afghan government raises new concerns about US-Taliban deal

AP , Wednesday 4 Sep 2019
Afghan government raises new concerns about US-Taliban deal
Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad smiles at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington. Khalilzad and the Taliban have resumed negotiations on ending America’s longest war. A Taliban member said Khalilzad also had a one-on-one meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, with the Taliban’s lead negotiator, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Qatar, where the insurgent group has a political office. (AP)
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A statement shared by presidential spokesman Sediq Seddiqi on Wednesday asks for clarifications about the agreement and its risks to avoid ``unpleasant consequences.''
 
The statement says the Afghan government shares the concerns raised by several former U.S. ambassadors to Afghanistan.
 
On Tuesday, their joint statement warned that a full U.S. troop withdrawal that moves too quickly and without requiring the Taliban to meet conditions, such as reducing violence, could lead to ``total civil war.''
 
U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad showed the draft of the deal to the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, earlier this week, saying it only needs President Donald Trump's approval.
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