Quotes from Afghanistan candidate in AP interview

July 14, 2014 11:21 PM

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As the two candidates in Afghanistan's deadlocked presidential election prepared to meet face to face Tuesday, one of them, former Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, spoke with The Associated Press in his first interview since a U.S.-brokered deal for a full ballot audit pulled the country back from the brink. Ahmadzai, who will meet with his rival, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah, said the deal has laid the foundation for a national unity government.

"Our losses from 1978 to 2001 were $240 billion in infrastructure and lost opportunity. The losses that we've suffered in terms of human potential and capabilities cannot be counted. So we would like to say, leave us at peace. We are a nation that wants ordinariness. We want to wake up and walk with...

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