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China confirms playing host to Taliban in Beijing

China confirms playing host to Taliban in Beijing

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Jun 20, 2019 - 18:58

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Chinese government on Thursday confirmed a Talibaninfo-icon delegation visited the country recently as part of efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a daily news briefing that Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban representative in Qatar, and some of his colleagues had recently visited China, though he did not say exactly when.

Chinese officials met them to discuss the Afghan peace process and counter-terror issues, Lu told the briefing, without saying who met the delegation.

 “China pays great attention to the evolving situation in Afghanistan in recent years. We have always played a positive role in the Afghan peace and reconciliation process,” Lu said.

China supports Afghans resolving their problems themselves through talks, and this visit was an important part of China promoting such peace talks, he said.

 “Both sides believe that this exchange was beneficial and agreed to keep in touch about and cooperate on continuing to seek a political resolution for Afghanistan and fighting terrorism.”

China's far western Chinese region of Xinjiang shares a short border with Afghanistan.

The Taliban delegation visit to China comes ahead of their seventh round of peace talks with the US in Doha.

Earlier Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was unaware about the Taliban delegation’s visit to China.

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