China moves to facilitate Afghan peace process
Media reported that Beijing had informed Afghan officials about the details of the ongoing talks.
A senior Afghan official familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) the Taliban representatives presented negotiation positions, including amending the Afghan constitution, giving them control of government ministries and removing them from international sanctions list.
The delegation included Qari Din Mohammad Hanif, a minister of planning in the Taliban regime, the official added.
Taliban have not officially commented about the visit, but sources close to the group have confirmed that their representatives have travelled to China twice.
Another official talking to Pajhwok Afghan News on condition of anonymity, said the government was aware of the visit but no tangible progress had been achieved so far.
He confirmed, earlier the Taliban representative had also travelled to Kabul for parleys with Afghan officials.
The meeting represents a rare example of China helping to mediate in another country’s internal conflict, and the latest indication of Chinese ambitions to gradually supplant the US as guarantor of security in Asia.
High peace council secretariat Masoom Stanekzai has welcomed China’s mediation in the matter and said recently some neighboring countries had launched efforts to resume the suspended peace talks between Afghan officials and the Taliban.
He said after President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to China in October last year, the Chinese officials have became more interested in Afghan peace process.
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