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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President's Calls with Dr. Abdullah and Dr. Ghani of Afghanistan

The President spoke with Afghan presidential candidates Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Dr. Ashraf Ghani on Saturday.  The President emphasized the importance of concluding a deal on the national unity government as soon as possible in the interest of shoring up international support for Afghanistan and preserving Afghan stability.  The President reaffirmed the United States' commitment to support Afghanistan, its people, and the president and chief executive, should the agreement be formalized, in their efforts to form a new unity government.