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Last week, Ghani rejected the demand as a condition for talks, but five official sources said the president now agreed in order to secure the U.S. and other international endorsements for his inauguration as head of state.

“This is the ‘price’ that Ghani had to pay in return for Khalilzad attending his inauguration,” a former senior Afghan official told Reuters.

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"This is a bad omen for the peace process," a diplomat whose country's embassy in Kabul had been told an invitation to Abdullah's ceremony was on the way, was quoted as saying by Reuters.

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The U.S. proposal threatens to increase tensions between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

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This agreement is expected to facilitate peace talks among the Afghans and the withdrawal of U.S. troops.

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The Ghani-Abdullah feud threatens to further complicate the naming of a delegation to negotiate with the insurgents.

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Ghani's chief opponent rejected the result and said he would form his own government.

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