China, Pakistan reiterate support for Afghan peace process


KABUL:  The Chinese and Pakistani special envoys for Afghanistan on Friday conferred on the latest developments in the Afghan peace process.

Ambassador Liu Jian called on his Pakistani counterpart Muhammad Sadiq in Islamabad on Friday, a statement from Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry said.

Both sides exchanged views on the recent progress made in the intra-Afghan talks, said the statement, adding Ambassador Sadiq briefed Jian on Pakistan’s facilitative role in the Afghan peace process.

According to Sadiq, the start of intra-Afghan negotiations was a historic opportunity for Kabul to achieve an inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement.

He renewed Pakistan’s continued support for Afghan-led peace negotiations while Jian praised Pakistan’s role in the peace process as crucial and constructive.

Sadiq and Jian, who is on a maiden visit to Islamabad since assuming office earlier this year, said both Pakistan and China wanted to see peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Sadiq and Jian were appointed as special representatives of their respective countries for Afghanistan earlier this year. Based on their experience, their mandate is primarily promoting and supporting the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.