2014-07-13T162150Z_1_LYNXMPEA6C0BK_RTROPTP_2_USA-AFGHANISTAN-KERRY

An embrace and a handshake: how John Kerry brokered peace between Afghan rivals

Afghanistan's presidential candidate Ghani and rival Abdullah hug in front of U.S. Secretary of State Kerry after they announced a deal for the auditing of all Afghan election votes at the United Nations Compound in KabulBy Lesley Wroughton and Maria Golovnina KABUL (Reuters) – It was late on Saturday evening in a fourth-floor room of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Kabul that the election crisis in Afghanistan that had threatened to divide the nation was staved off. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in the room with former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah, one of the two warring presidential candidates. The door was opened to Abdullah’s rival and bitter foe Ashraf Ghani. Ending months of bitter squabbling, Ghani walked arms wide open toward Abdullah, embracing him warmly and shaking his hand, according to a U.S. official who was present.

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