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Rep. Rohrabacher to Secy Clinton: Imediately Invite Afghan National Front Leaders to Upcoming NATO Summit

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Location: Washington, DC

Today, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging her to invite the representatives of the Afghan National Front to the upcoming NATO summit taking place in Chicago, May 20-21st, 2012. The National Front is a broad collection of ethnic leaders who represent Tajiks, Uzbeks, Turkmen and Hazaras who compose 60% of the population of Afghanistan.

"The National Front must be at the table when the future of their country is being discussed," writes Rohrabacher. "The overly centralized Karzai government cannot endure once American troops and money is withdrawn because it lacks legitimacy. Karzai stole his last elections. We must bring in legitimate leaders, who represent the majority of Afghans, and let them take their rightful seat at the table and help decide the fate of their own country."

It was the National Front, formerly known as the Northern Alliance, with assistance from the United States, who toppled the Taliban government in 2001.

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Rep. Rohrabacher was recently denied entry into Afghanistan by President Hamid Karzai, who personally reached out to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to express his objections. Rohrabacher was part of a CODEL led by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and stayed behind in Dubai while the rest of the delegation continued on to Kabul for meetings with leaders of the former Northern Alliance.

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