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China wants Afghan govt to hold talks with Taliban

China wants Afghan govt to hold talks with Taliban

Dec 26, 2017 - 14:33

KABUL (Pajhwok) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday called for the Afghan government to hold peace negotiations with the Taliban.

Wang issued the call at the first-ever trilateral meeting among Chinese, Afghan and Pakistan foreign ministers in Beijing

While reiterating support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconstruction process, the Chinese minister urged the government to hold peace talks with the Taliban.

He also highlighted potential areas for practical cooperation with both Afghanistan and Pakistan, hoping the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative would bring more opportunities for both countries.

Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani praised China’s efforts to promote cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan, and help improve security in the region. He said that while the terror threat remained, his country had pledged a zero-tolerance approach

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said securing a stable and prosperous future for Pakistan and Afghanistan was vital. He added the two countries shared a border and enjoyed the same culture. Pakistan was the largest trade partner of Afghanistan, he added.

Asif hoped with the trilateral mechanism in place, a synergised effort would be made to stabilise bilateral relations, sort out differences and achieve tangible outcomes.

Foreign ministers from the three countries held in-depth talks regarding issues including security cooperation and counter-terrorism. They also discussed the issues of reconciliation, development cooperation and connectivity.