Afghanistan's new president says fighting corruption, ensuring security his top priorities

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KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has vowed that his crackdown on official corruption will ensure there is no repeat of a banking scandal in which almost $1 billion was embezzled, decimating confidence in the country's financial sector.

Speaking Saturday after returning from China, Ghani Ahmadzai said those who brought down the Kabul Bank in 2010 would face charges.

He said that Beijing was committed to helping bring peace to Afghanistan after more than 30 years of war and that Afghan territory never again would be used as a base for insurgents to launch attacks on other countries.

While in China, he invited the Taliban to join in a peace process backed by the international community, referring to them by name for the first time since taking office in September.

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