Afghan government raises new concerns about US-Taliban deal
AP, , Wednesday 4 Sep 2019


Afghanistan's government is expressing new concerns about a deal that a U.S. envoy says has been reached ``in principle'' with the Taliban on ending America's longest war.



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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