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Ghani meets Dostum after protracted row

AT-KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani, met with his first deputy, Abdul Rashid Dostum in the presidential palace, after a two year row by which the latter stayed in exile in Turkey.

The presidential palace said the meeting took place in the presence of second vice president, Sarwar Danesh and chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Dostum’s aide, Enayatullah Babor, said that the two sides talked on the timely legislation and district council election, releasing of Nezamoddin Qaisari and his soldiers, peace with Taliban and the Afghanistan Coalition. But he didn’t detail if there was an agreement on Qaisari’s release. “The problems between the president and vice president have been solved and they happily met each other,” Babor said.

Dostum left the country in 2016 after a leader of Uzbek ethnicity, Ahmad Ishchi accused him of misbehavior and sexual abuse. Ghani has said that Dostum’s case would be prosecuted by the judiciary.

The Grand Coalition of Afghanistan, a new political party in which Dostum is a key member, announced its activities on Thursday. Mohammad Mohaqqeq and Atta Noor are the other members of the coalition that was formed by them in Turkey. The party was called reformist.

“Dostum is one of the key leaders in Afghanistan and is the first vice president. The resolve of his problems with the president is good for the future of Afghanistan,” said Faisal Sami, a member of parliament.

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