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Intra-Afghan talks critical for peace in Afghanistan: China

BEIJING: China has said that the forthcoming intra-Afghan talks was a critical move to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan and vowed it would be watching the development as a neighbour and friend of the country.

“Intra-Afghan talks is a critical move to peace and stability in Afghanistan. As the largest neighbor and sincere friend of the country, we will be watching this development closely,” Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Hua Chunying said during her regular briefing while commenting on intra-Afghan dialogue likely to be held in Doha, Qatar.

The Chinese spokesperson said relevant parties in Afghanistan can put the interests of the country and people first, abandon differences, move in the same direction and work out a fundamental solution through dialogue and negotiation to realize lasting peace and stability.

“We support Afghan-led and Afghan-owned talks and hope that all parties will put country and people first and work towards same goal and through dialogue and consolations find a solution for lasting peace and stability,” she added.

The spokesperson said that it was also the international society’s duty to support such talks especially the regional countries, adding “It cannot be achieved by just one or two countries.”

She said that the world should work together to help intra-Afghan talks to achieve early success and promote the steady development in the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan and added, “China will continue to play a constructive role.”

She said comprehensive lasting peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved without the broad consensus and support from the international community, especially the regional countries, adding that China will continue playing a constructive role.

“Promoting peace and facilitating talks is a shared responsibility of all members of the international community, not a job to be done by one or two countries. The whole international community must work toward the same goal to achieve early outcomes of the intra-Afghan talks and steady progress in the peace and reconciliation process,” she said.

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