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China supports Pakistan's efforts for Afghan peace

China supports Pakistan's efforts for Afghan peace

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Jul 31, 2015 - 17:25

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): China expressed its backing for efforts by Pakistaninfo-icon and other parties for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistaninfo-icon, days after talks were postponed following Talibaninfo-icon leader Mullahinfo-icon Muhammad Omar's death, media reported on Friday.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said while Beijing understood the reasons for the postponement of talks, it wanted all parties to focus on national unity and lasting peace in Afghanistan and continue to push forward the reconciliation process.

Talks were scheduled to take place in Xinjiang's provincial capital Urmuqi, but shifted to Pakistan, where the first round was held in the tourist resort of Murree, north of Islamabad, on July 7.

After Omar’s death, the movement's council on Thursday unanimously elected Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader, Pakistani media reported on Thursday.

At a meeting late on Wednesday night, the Taliban's Quetta Shurainfo-icon elected Sirajuddin Haqqani, chief of the banned Haqqani networkinfo-icon, as the insurgent group's deputy leader.

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