KABUL, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A senior United Nations official and another from the European Union left Afghanistan on Thursday after the government ordered their expulsion, accusing both of holding talks with the Taliban and for paying cash to the group.
The expulsions have caused a diplomatic row between the government and key aid agencies who fear the loss of two such experienced Afghan hands could hinder reconstruction and development efforts.
So, apparently aid groups are concerned that the loss of two "experienced Afghan hands" may hinder reconstruction. That didn't sway the government though. This might have something to do with their personal reasonable belief that when outsiders hold unauthorized talks with the government's, you know, enemies that this might lead to other things blowing up. (I expect their especially concerned about the cash payments.)
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