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US, China discuss stability in Afghanistan

US, China discuss stability in Afghanistan

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Oct 19, 2014 - 10:30

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi on Saturday discussed the current situation in Afghanistaninfo-icon and possible areas of coordination post 2014, a senior State Department official said.

“Yes, Secretary Kerry and State Councilor Yang did discuss Afghanistan -- an area in which the United States has a huge investment in the recovery and in the stability and in the future of that nation,” said the official.

After the Kerry-Yang meeting in Boston, the official said Afghanistan, of course, was a neighbour of China, and the Chinese clearly had a stake in reconciliation efforts and longer-term stability

“They exchanged views on the political situation and discussed how each country - and particularly how China -- can help support the new Afghan government,” the official told reporters on condition of anonymity.

In a rare departure from protocol, Kerry invited Yang to his Boston home for talks. On Friday, he hosted the top Chinese diplomat at his home and on Saturday they held a series of talks.

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