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U.S. Considers Asking Afghanistan to Suspend Presidential Election

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The Wall Street Journal, 13 November 2018

The Trump administration is discussing whether to press the Afghan government to suspend coming presidential elections, (…) as the U.S. seeks to engage the Taliban in talks to end the 17-year war.

The possibility of such a step, one of several options being considered by U.S. officials, is a sign of the urgency the administration sees in trying to broker a political breakthrough in a conflict that has bedeviled three successive American presidents, according to these people.

To urge a suspension of the April election, an idea these people said was raised by U.S. special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in talks with various stakeholders and intermediaries (…)