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Study finds over 77% of Afghans are opposed to an interim govt

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A new poll released on Wednesday found that more than 77 percent of Afghans are opposed to an interim government and that just over 10 percent are in favor of early elections.

Also on Wednesday, a senior source within government said that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is ready to hold elections and that the pro-republican alignment of politicians is working on an independent peace plan.

“Although the president is willing to make concessions, which is an early election, this election would have its conditions and people’s advice must be sought,” said Mohammad Omar Daudzai, President Ashraf Ghani’s special envoy for Pakistan.

Meanwhile, according to the study, conducted by an independent organization – the House of Peace and Democracy – 77.6 percent of people oppose an interim government; 10.3 percent of people want early elections; 51 percent of people want the Taliban to merge with the government; and 40.6 percent of people are worried about the future of Afghanistan.

“Most people are worried about their fate after peace. People do not know what their future will be,” said Faramarz Tamanna, former director general of the center for strategic studies.

According to the poll, more than 53 percent of citizens have said interference of other countries in the peace talks is detrimental to the country; while 83 percent want a republican system and are against a Taliban-type Emirate system.

“The Taliban are killing innocent people, but the United States is making peace with this group. Most people do not believe in the Emirate system,” said Allah Mohammad Kakar, Executive Director of the House of Peace and Democracy.

The poll, conducted by the organization, found more than 12 percent of the government’s efforts for peace were a failure, and 10 percent of the people polled said Afghanistan was moving towards instability.

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Blinken discusses situation with Abdullah, reiterates US’s support

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Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State spoke on the phone Thursday with Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR), and reiterated Washington’s commitment to seek a just and durable political settlement that ends the war in Afghanistan.

“They discussed ways to accelerate peace negotiations and achieve a political settlement that is inclusive, respects the rights of all Afghans, including women and minorities, allows the Afghan people to have a say in choosing their leaders, and prevents Afghan soil from being used to threaten the United States and its allies and partners,” the US State Department said in a statement.

“Both leaders deplored continuing Taliban attacks, loss of innocent Afghan lives and displacement of the civilian population, and underscored the widespread international condemnation of these attacks,” read the statement.

State Department spokesperson, Ned Price said later that Blinken and Abdullah pledged to remain in close contact going forward.

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Taliban looking to seize control of at least one province: Dostum

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Former first vice president, Marshal Abdul Rashid Dostum said on Thursday that Taliban have accelerated their efforts to seize control of at least one province in the country.

According to Dostum, Herat, Takhar, Jawzjan, Kandahar, and Helmand are the provinces of choice that the Taliban is hoping to have control over.

However, security forces and uprising forces have repelled attacks on these provinces, he said adding however, that the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating.

“Enemy is attempting to seize [total control] of one of the five provinces, Jawzjan, Herat, Helmand, Takhar, or Kandahar,” said Dostum.

He said he has held consultations with politicians in Kabul and will soon launch an operation against the Taliban in northern Afghanistan.

“The current situation calls for a meeting and measures need to be taken. It is not a small plot, but needs a plan [that’s agreed to] with other politicians,” said Dostum.

Dostum welcomed the establishment and actions around the uprising forces who are supporting the security forces against the Taliban, and said these civilian fighters are voluntarily making huge sacrifices in the north of Afghanistan.

“The uprising forces resisted[attacks]; I have said many times that it is not the time to seek privileges. We should trust each other,” said Dostum.

Dostum is a controversial figure in Afghanistan but is seen by many as a capable and fierce military leader who regularly leads troops into battle.

Aged 67, Dostum is from Jawzjan province and is regarded in some circles to be both one of the most powerful and most notorious warlords in the country.

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Ghani meets with Iran’s president-elect ahead of inauguration

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President Ashraf Ghani met with Seyed Ebrahim Raisi, President-elect of Iran, in Tehran early Thursday, the Presidential Palace (ARG) said in a statement.

The meeting was also attended by Second Vice President Sarwar Danish, Foreign Minister Haneef Atmar and a number of other high-ranking Afghan government officials.

During the meeting, both sides discussed the expansion of cooperation and relations between the two countries.

The President-elect of Iran stressed the continued support for the Government of Afghanistan and the efforts for a regional consensus for peace.

He also expressed his support for the people of Afghanistan to preserve the republic and its past achievements.

“We support a system in which the rights of all Afghan citizens, including minorities, are protected, and our neighbors, especially Afghanistan, have a high position in our foreign policy,” Raisi said.

In turn, Ghani thanked Iran for its assistance and cooperation in various fields and stressed the need for joint economic cooperation and the expansion of relations between the two countries.

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