Obama urges Afghan candidates to reach unity government deal

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah (R) arrives for a gathering in Kabul on August 21, 2014President Barack Obama urged Afghanistan’s two presidential candidates to finalize negotiations on forming a national unity government as soon as possible, the White House said Sunday. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said Obama spoke separately on Friday with Ashraf Ghani and Abddullah Abdullah, rivals to replace Hamid Karzai as president of Afghanistan.

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