The current stalemate "is unsustainable given the number of factors at play inside Afghanistan, in the region and with other global priorities like the pandemic or the upcoming American elections," Mr. Abdullah said. "We have no option but to aim for talks leading to a political settlement."
Ghani's move came even as Afghan mediators - including former President Hamid Karzai - shuttled between the president and his opponent, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who has also declared himself Afghanistan's president.
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