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Pompeo leaves Kabul with no deal

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/24/20, 11:16 am

The United States will cut $1 billion of assistance to Afghanistan. After his urgent trip to the Islamic republic to revive a peace deal failed, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he might reduce other forms of cooperation unless Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah agree to a power-sharing deal.

Whats the problem? Both Ghani and Abdullah claimed victory in the September 2019 presidential election and took the oath of office at simultaneous ceremonies. In a televised address, Ghani called Abdullah’s demands unconstitutional, while Abdullah called Pompeo’s visit a missed opportunity. Pompeo said their leadership failure threatens U.S. national interests but he remains hopeful they will “get their act together.”

Dig deeper: Catch up on WORLD’s coverage of how the Afghanistan peace deal came together and fell apart.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is a reporter for WORLD Digital based in Abuja, Nigeria.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/24/2020 10:25 pm

    I think we absolutely do not need to pump any more money down the rathole that is Afghanistan. Nor do we need to lose one more American trying to stabilize a failed state that has shown definitively they are unwilling to stop fighting among themselves. 

    Pull our people out, please!