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China to play ‘constructive role’ in Afghanistan

Amid reports that a Taliban delegation visited Beijing soon after the trip of new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in October, China on Tuesday said it will play a “constructive role” in ensuring peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

A two-member Taliban delegation visited Beijing in November last year, after Ghani’s visit, media reports in Pakistan and Afghanistan have said. Asked about the reports, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei on Tuesday told reporters that China supports the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

Skirting a direct reply, Hong said “as a friendly neighbour to Afghanistan we attach great importance to China Afghanistan relations.”  “We hope that Afghanistan can achieve enduring peace and stability and development at an early date. We will support the peace and reconciliation process guided and owned by Afghanistan people. We will play a constructive role in this regard.”


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