Obama tells Afghanistan presidential poll candidates that violence would end US aid
Published on Jul 9, 2014 8:29 AM
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States President Barack Obama warned the two candidates in Afghanistan's disputed presidential election that violence or taking "extra-constitutional means" would result in him stopping US assistance to the war-torn country, the White House said on Tuesday.
In phone calls to Mr Ashraf Ghani and Mr Abdullah Abdullah, Mr Obama "stressed that the United States expects a thorough review of all reasonable allegations of fraud to ensure a credible electoral process", the White House said in a statement.
"He reiterated that all parties should avoid steps that undermine Afghan national unity and should come together to work toward a resolution that represents the will of the Afghan people and produces a government that can bring Afghanistan together.
"He also noted that there is no justification for resorting to violent or extra-constitutional means, which would result in the end of US assistance to Afghanistan."
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