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David Cameron calls on Afghan duo to work together

By Tim Sculthorpe

David Cameron has urged both of Afghanistan's presidential candidates to work towards the "prize" of a democratic unity government in time for the Nato summit in Wales next month.

The Prime Minister called Dr Ashraf Ghani and Dr Abdullah Abdullah yesterday and urged them to stick with a process outlined by US Secretary of State John Kerry.

The pair topped a first round of elections in April but, following claims of electoral fraud, a victor was not declared following a second round run-off in June.

Following Mr Cameron's calls, a Downing Street spokeswoman said: "The Prime Minister said that the summit represented an opportunity to reflect on the progress made in Afghanistan over the last 10 years."

The election drove into stalemate after Dr Abdullah refused to accept the outcome of a run-off – alleging it was the result of massive electoral fraud.

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