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As Taliban Encircle Kabul, Afghan President Says He Seeks to Avoid Further Bloodshed

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KABUL—Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said he started off consultations on how to unite the state and stop additional bloodshed, as the Taliban tightened their grip, seizing extra provincial capitals.

Mr. Ghani—in his initial general public remarks due to the fact the Taliban swept by means of southern and western Afghanistan, capturing the main towns of Kandahar and Herat—said his priority is to remobilize the Afghan stability forces that surrendered en masse.

“As a historic responsibility, I am striving to not enable the war that has been imposed on the Afghan persons trigger the additional killing of innocents, the decline of twenty years of accomplishment, the destruction of general public institutions and longstanding instability,” Mr. Ghani said in a movie information posted on social media, the country’s flag unfurled at the rear of him.

Mr. Ghani has appear beneath developing tension from Afghan politicians to resign so that a transitional government headed by another person else could negotiate a stop-fireplace with the Taliban and prevent the storming of Kabul, the country’s capital. He gave no indicator he intends to do so, at the very least not straight away.

Afghan negotiators, the Taliban, the U.S. and other nations are engaged in conversations in Doha, Qatar, on how to come across a political settlement to the war, with the removing of Mr. Ghani becoming a important Taliban demand from customers.