China Ready To Facilitate Internal Negotiations In Afghanistan

Kabul: The Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yi held multiple discussions with various stakeholders of the Afghan peace process, including Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Haneef Atmar and Afghan NSA Hamdullah Mohib and said that China is ready to facilitate internal negotiations among various parties in Afghanistan, including creating necessary conditions for negotiations in China.

Wang Yi’s discussion included the Afghan peace process, fight against coronavirus, strengthening Afghanistan-China strategic relations to fight against terrorism, ensuring peace in Afghanistan, and regional prosperity.

Meanwhile, in a telephonic conversation with NSA Mohib, Wang Yi, who offered China’s full support for peace and said China wants an independent, sovereign and unified Afghanistan, adding that a political settlement is the only viable solution. Both sides identified terrorism as a common threat.

NSA Mohib thanked China for its support for peace and added that Afghanistan believes all levers of influence should be used to induce Taliban to engage earnestly in peace, including UN sanctions and other avenues where China’s unique capabilities can be helpful.

However, Wang added that China and Afghanistan are traditional friendly neighbors, and China adheres to the principle of non-interference in others’ internal affairs in its relations with Afghanistan. China is always ready to treat Afghanistan as an equal on the basis of the five principles of peaceful coexistence, support Afghanistan in safeguarding its sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national dignity, and support the Afghan domestic peace and reconciliation process, Wang said.

Wang stressed that China endorses the “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” principle and supports all parties in Afghanistan in finding a broad and inclusive political arrangement through peaceful means.

“Although the US unilateral withdrawal of troops comes at a crucial stage of the Afghan domestic reconciliation process which has brought uncertainty to the evolution of the situation in Afghanistan, peace is the trend of the times, which fully complies with the fundamental and long-term interests of the Afghan people, Wang said.

Mohib added that the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan could go through a difficult period.

Afghanistan adheres to the one-China policy and firmly supports China in safeguarding its own sovereignty and territorial integrity, Mohib said, adding that Afghanistan resolutely fights all forms of terrorism, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, and is ready to further deepen counter-terrorism and security cooperation with China.

Meanwhile, calling the expansion of strategic political, security, and economic cooperation important, FM Atmar expressed gratitude for China’s cooperation and support to the Afghan peace process, particularly Afghanistan’s stance on ceasefire and ensuring a lasting and dignified peace.

Atmar also appreciated China’s assistance with Afghanistan in the fight against COVID-19. Expressing China’s pledge to assist in provision of COVAX and laboratory equipment, Wang assured Atmar of China’s continued assistance.
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Both sides also discussed and exchanged views on organizing the upcoming Afghanistan – China – Pakistan Foreign Ministers meeting.

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