BEIJING, China: China has said that it supports the Afghan reconciliation process, adding that holding of talks is the only way to find a peaceful solution to the Afghan issue.
“The Chinese side has always stood for the “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” reconciliation process, believing that the peace talk is the realistic way out to solve the Afghanistan issue,” the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a statement.
Hua Chunying said that China supported the peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban. She said that her country also appreciates the vital role played by the concerned parties specially Pakistan in pushing forward the process.
“China encourages and supports the peace talk between the Afghan government and the Taliban, and commends the important role in pushing forward the peace talk played by relevant parties and Pakistan in particular,” Hua Chunying said.
The spokesperson expressed hoped that that all parties involved in the Afghan reconciliation process would stick to the right direction, build up confidence and determination on the peace talk and make continuous efforts to realize lasting peace in Afghanistan.
Moreover, she said that the Chinese side is ready to cooperate with all parties and play a constructive role in the extensive and inclusive peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan as always.
The Afghan dialogue process inaugurated last month in Pakistan halted just before the two sides were scheduled to meet for the second time in a month. The announcement of the Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Omar’s death and subsequent leadership crises in the insurgent group led to an impasse in the talks which were initiated near Islamabad on July 7. The representatives of the US and China also participated in the first round of Afghan peace talks as observers.