KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States (US) has thanked the Afghan government for agreeing to postpone the presidential inauguration, a statement from the US State Department said on Tuesday.
“We urge all parties to participate in and support the immediate establishment of an agreed national framework for peace that is fully representative of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to prepare for and lead these negotiations,” reads the statement.
“To ensure adequate time for Afghans to agree on these matters, we thank the Afghan government for agreeing to postpone the presidential inauguration,” the statement maintained.
The Afghan people want peace.  It is time to focus not on electoral politics, but on taking steps toward a lasting peace, ending the war with the Taliban, and finding a formula for a political settlement that can serve the interests of all of this country’s citizens through intra-Afghan negotiations we expect will begin in March. 
Referring to election crisis, the US said it noted the announcement on February 18, 2020 by the Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan on the results of the presidential election held September 28, 2019 in favor of President Ashraf Ghani. 
Concerns have been raised about the election process.  We expect these concerns to be handled in accordance with constitutional and legal procedures.

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