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Kerry hopes for solution in Afghanistan

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 11, 2014 6:48AM GMT

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he hopes to find a solution for Afghanistan's disputed election.

But he cautioned speaking on Friday in Afghanistanm 'we can't say that's an automatic at this point.'

'We are at a very, very critical moment for Afghanistan,' Kerry said hours after he arrived in the Afghan capital for a hastily arranged visit. 'The election legitimacy hangs in the balance, the future potential of the transition hangs in the balance, so we have a lot to do.'

'Our hopes are that there is a road that can be found that will provide that capacity for the questions to be answered, for people's doubts to be satisfied and hopefully for a future to be defined,' Kerry said.

Kerry has travelled to Afghanistan in a bid to meet with Afghan presidential candidates to solve an ongoing election crisis.

Afghan presidential candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, condemned the initial results of last month's run-off vote, which showed that Abdullah's rival, Ashraf Ghani, won the run-off with 56.44 percent of the votes while Abdullah came second with 43.56 percent.

The final results of the Afghan presidential election will be announced on July 22. The winner of the election will succeed outgoing President Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the US-led invasion of the country in 2001.

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