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Peace process, counter-terrorism issues discussed during Baradar visit: China

Peace process, counter-terrorism issues discussed during Baradar visit: China

Jun 20, 2019 - 15:23

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang during a daily news briefing on Thursday said that Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Talibaninfo-icon representative in Qatar, and some of his colleagues had recently visited China, according to a media report.

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 Afghanistaninfo-icon 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.

China has long worried about links between militant groups and what it says are Islamist extremists operating in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur people, who speak a Turkic language.

China, a close ally of Pakistaninfo-icon, has been deepening its economic and political ties with Kabul and is also using its influence to try to bring the two uneasy neighbours closer.



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