Obama asks Abdullah not to interfere in Ghani’s decisions

p5668KABUL: US President Barack Obama has asked Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah not to interfere in President Ashraf Ghani’s constitutional powers, a government source claimed on Wednesday.

Obama held a video conference meeting with President Ghani and CEO Abdullah on Friday last and they discussed a wide range of issues, including the peace process, security, regional situation and the upcoming Brussels and Warsaw conferences, according to the White House.

Obama hailed Ghani’s efforts at giving a new breath to the peace process, increasing government’s revenue, controlling administrative corruption and appointing new faces on key government posts, the White House said in a statement.

But a reliable source within the unity government, who wished to go unnamed, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the US president pressed the Afghan CEO not to exceed his authority and refrain from interfering in President Ghani’s constitutional powers.

The source said Obama told Abdullah that Ashraf Ghani was Afghanistan’s elected president and he enjoyed some constitutional powers which he could exercise independently.

The US president reminded Abdullah of the unity government deal under which the CEO would be only consulted on high level government appointments. Obama said the CEO should not create hurdles in the way of president’s decisions.

The source said Obama disagreed with Abdullah over some of his remarks regarding the peace process. The US leader the Afghan peace process was moving forward in line with the American policy and the CEO’s some remarks were creating problems in this regard.

But deputy presidential spokesman, Syed Zafar Hashimi, told Pajhwok Afghan News he could not confirm the context of the report. “The President and the CEO have complete agreement on the peace process and CEO Dr. Abdullah has been actively participating in decision making gatherings on the peace process,” he said.

Meanwhile, CEO’s deputy spokesman Javed Faisal rejected the report as “baseless”,

Details of that video conference were released in two statements by the government of Afghanistan and the United States of America. -Pajhwok

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