Kerry in Afghanistan to meet feuding candidates, after general’s murder

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry flew to Afghanistan late Thursday on an unannounced visit to press the country’s two feuding presidential candidates on the urgency of ending a bitter dispute over June elections and forming a new government by early September.

Kerry’s visit comes as the election results are being audited in a process that he brokered last month. Senior officials traveling with Kerry said the U.S. wants to see the ultimate winner inaugurated — and a new “chief executive officer” chosen by the loser under the terms of a national unity government compromise — before the upcoming NATO summit in Wales Sept. 4.

At that summit, NATO leaders are hoping to make decisions about their nations’ role in Afghanistan after the end of the year, when most combat troops will be withdrawn.


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