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Tensions to be resolved with Noor: Abdullah

AT-KABUL: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said Monday that tensions between the government and ousted governor of Balkh province, Atta Mohammad Noor would be soon resolved.

The statement comes after a government delegation traveled to Mazar-e-Sharif city, the provincial capital to meet Noor who still holds the office despite being ousted by President Ashraf Ghani some three months ago.

Noor rejected Ghani’s order over his dismissal, saying the president was not authorized to dismiss him as he was part of a political deal made between Ghani and Abdullah after the controversial 2014 presidential election.

Abdullah told the council of ministers that there developments in other sections as well, but did not provide details.

“We are in the last days of the year (Afghan year) and I am happy that tensions related to Balkh province will be resolved and we have developments in other parts as well,” Abdullah said.

Dawa Khan Minapal, deputy spokesman for President Ghani said meetings between Noor and government delegation would have positive results, saying that the government wants a peaceful solution.

Monir Farhad, spokesman of Balkh governor said that talks between Noor and government delegation was still underway, saying the two sides were hopeful to have good results.

“Important issues have been discussed, we want a peaceful solution, but the final decision should be made by Jamiat party,” Farhad said.

Earlier, the US vice president in a phone conversation with president Ghani, emphasized on peaceful and timely change in Balkh leadership.

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