Taliban Discuss Afghan Peace, Common Issues With China

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KABUL: The Taliban delegation, led by the group deputy leader Mullah Abdul Ghani during their visit to China discussed the Afghan peace process, security and economic issues with the Chinese foreign minister on Wednesday.


“Taliban is expected to play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan,” A statement from Chinese foreign ministry quoted Wang Yi, the country’s foreign minister as saying.


“Politics, economy, issues related to the security of both countries and the current situation of Afghanistan as well as the peace process were discussed in the meetings,” tweeted a Taliban spokesperson, Mohammad Naeem.


He also added that the delegation is set to meet China’s special envoy for Afghanistan.


The Chinese foreign minister also hoped that the Taliban would help repress East Turkistan Islamic Movement, as the movement posed a “direct threat to China’s national security.”


The Afghan government criticized China for officially inviting the Taliban to visit the country as it could somehow grant the group with international recognition.


This is while China has been maintaining friendly relations with Pakistan, who is accused of harboring and supporting terrorist groups.