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Find strength in unity, outgoing US envoy tells Afghans

Find strength in unity, outgoing US envoy tells Afghans

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6 Jan 2020 - 17:18
Find strength in unity, outgoing US envoy tells Afghans
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6 Jan 2020 - 17:18

KABUL leaders and citizens “is to find strength in unity.”

John Bass tweeted: “The Afghans should put aside their differences, and work together to negotiate a political settlement with the Taliban. Afghans and this beautiful country deserve nothing less.”

He written, “Holly and I look forward to returning to a peaceful Afghanistan.”

His departure from Kabul comes as US tensions with neighboring Iran have soared following a US airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iran’s top general.

Ross Wilson, who has served as America’s ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, is expected in the Afghan capital in the coming weeks.

The US State Department in a statement said Bass “skillfully advanced the Trump Administration’s goal of reaching a political settlement in Afghanistan that ensures terrorists can never again threaten the United States from Afghan soil while leading a large diplomatic mission in the face of numerous security threats.”

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