— Domani Spero
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KABUL, Afghanistan — Secretary of State John Kerry spent a second day here in the Afghan capital on Saturday shuttling between the top two presidential contenders and the presidential palace in an effort to forge an agreement on how to audit recent elections and preventAfghanistan’s first democratic transfer of power from collapsing.
The two candidates, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani, spent the day inside the United States Embassy building holding separate meetings with Mr. Kerry, according to campaign officials. Mr. Kerry then traveled to the palace to talk to President Hamid Karzai. Talks were continuing into early evening without food or drink because of Ramadan, for which Muslims fast during the day. Mr. Kerry complained, jokingly, to Mr. Karzai that his embassy had “starved” him, according to pool reports.
Here are some photos from his latest Kabul trip to broker an election dispute agreement between Abdullah and Ghani.
Embrace of Rivals
Harder than it looks
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- Kerry Encourages Patience During Talks with Afghan Candidates (voanews.com)
- Kerry meeting again with Afghan candidates (kansas.com)
- Kerry Pushes For Audit Of Disputed Afghan Presidential Poll (npr.org)
- Amid effort to resolve runoff dispute, Kerry meeting again with Afghan presidential candidates (foxnews.com)
- Kerry Tackles Afghan Vote Standoff (online.wsj.com)
- Kerry meets again with Afghan presidential candidates (foxnews.com)
- John Kerry lands in Kabul hoping to resolve Afghan political impasse (theguardian.com)