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US defense chief urges international pressure for deal to end Afghan conflict

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Washington (AFP) – US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin called Friday for international pressure to force a deal between the Kabul government and the Taliban to end the conflict in Afghanistan. “The security situation in Afghanistan only argues more for international pressure to have a negotiated political settlement to end this conflict, and give the Afghan people (the) government they want and they deserve,” Austin said in a tweet. “The entire world can help by continuing this push.” Austin made the call a day after US President Joe Biden announced that the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, after…

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