National Unity Government’s Duration is 5 years, says John Kerry

Afghan-unity-government-end-dateThe US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the duration of the Afghan National Unity Government is five years, ruling out speculations that the agreement ends at the end of two years since its formation.

Kerry appeared in a press conference with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday night following his visit to Kabul.

He said “There is no end to this agreement at the end of two years or in six months from now. This agreement ends – this is an agreement for a unity government, the duration of which is five years.”

Kerry further added that the agreement did mention the effort to try to have the potential of a Loya Jirga at some point within two years. That was a goal.

According to Kerry, the agreement for the formation of National Unity Government in no way have some particular termination.

“The constitution has elected a president. The president has agreed to a unity government, and a political agreement was made between Dr. Abdullah and President Ghani for how they would go forward in a unity government. But it is our understanding that that is a mandate for five years and there’s no termination whatsoever in six months,” he added.

Kerry arrived in Kabul on unannounced visit to meet with the Afghan officials on Saturday to discuss issues of bilateral interests between the two nations, including review of the Strategic Partnership agreement signed between Kabul and Washington in 2012. -KP

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