KABUL, Afghanistan — The two candidates for president of Afghanistan both pledged on Friday to reverse the expulsion of an American journalist from the country as soon as they took office.

Their condemnation of the Afghan government’s order expelling the journalist, Matthew Rosenberg of The New York Times, was a rare point of agreement between the two rivals, who have been in deadlocked talks over the disputed results of the recent presidential election, and are trying to agree on forming a coalition government.

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