Kerry, in Kabul, aims to ease crisis over unity pact he brokered




 
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Kerry, in Kabul, aims to ease crisis over unity pact he brokered
 
April 9th, 2016  
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Kerry, in Kabul, aims to ease crisis over unity pact he brokered
By Arshad Mohammed and James Mackenzie KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan on Saturday to show support for the government and to try to defuse a political crisis fueled in part by a national unity deal he brokered in 2014. The visit comes at a difficult moment for Afghanistan, with President Ashraf Ghani's government weakened by infighting between political rivals, the economy sinking and the resurgent Taliban stronger than at any time since they were toppled from power in late 2001. In announcing the visit, U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Kerry would "emphasize U.S. support" for the government and its security forces, which NATO officials say fully control no more than 70 percent of Afghanistan.




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