Chinese FM: Afghanistan Closer to Peace

The Afghan people have never been so close to peace as today despite that uncertainties still existing there, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Monday, calling for inclusive dialogue among Afghans.

“After years of war and turmoil in Afghanistan, peace has eventually become possible,” Wang told reporters after meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon.

As neighbors of Afghanistan, China and Tajikistan have coordinated stances on how to promote reconciliation and reconstruction in the country, Wang said.

He urged all parties and factions in Afghanistan to reach extensive political consensuses through inclusive dialogue and facilitate the “Afghan-led, Afghan-owned” political process.

“We hope the negotiation between the United States and the Taliban can lead to a deal that is conducive to the process, and hope other multilateral mechanisms on the issue of Afghanistan can play positive roles for the process as well,” he noted.

China has never interfered in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, Wang said, adding that China is willing to continue to play a constructive role for peace in Afghanistan and make contributions to its reconstruction.

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