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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kabul to try to push along the process of agreeing on a final vote count in the presidential election. (Source: CNN) U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrives in Kabul to try to push along the process of agreeing on a final vote count in the presidential election. (Source: CNN)
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (CNN) – A day after a U.S. major-general was killed by an insider attack in Afghanistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry made an appearance in the nation, still settling its presidential election dispute.

Kerry was following up on an agreement he brokered between Afghanistan's two presidential candidates to get them to accept the outcome of an audit of the election.

Ashraf Ghani was in the lead in a June runoff, but Abdullah Abdullah alleged massive election fraud.

Kerry will be meeting with the presidential candidates and President Hamid Karzai. The visit comes two days after Maj. Gen. Harold Greene - a longtime officer who was leading efforts to train soldiers in Afghanistan - was killed at a military training facility in Kabul.

Kerry recently brokered an agreement between the nation's two presidential candidates to accept the outcome of an audit of the election.

The inauguration of the president, originally scheduled for the first week of August, was postponed while the votes are recounted.

"The secretary will follow up on his July visit to Kabul and his subsequent phone calls to the candidates, encouraging both to help accelerate the audit process which they are both participating in, and make progress on the details of the political framework that they agreed to during the secretary's last visit," State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a statement. "The secretary will encourage both candidates to work together in the spirit of collegiality and statesmanship, to ensure national unity and the means to build on the progress the Afghan people have achieved."

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