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Qatar to host China-Afghanistan meeting

October 25, 2021 at 4:29 pm

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Ankara, Turkey on 25 March 2021 [Turkish Foreign Ministry/Anadolu Agency]

China’s State Councilor Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, will meet a delegation of Afghanistan interim government during his visit to Qatar on 25-26 October, Beijing said Monday, Anadolu News Agency reports.

The two sides will exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan and other topics of concern for both sides, Chinese daily Global Times quoted China’s Foreign Ministry as saying.

“It is a continuation of communication between the two sides since their meeting in north China’s Tianjin in July,” the report added.

Last week, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesman for the Taliban’s interim Foreign Ministry, had said Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, will meet his counterpart, Wang Yi, though he had not revealed the time and date for the meeting.

It will be the first high-level engagement between China and Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to power in August, amid the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country.

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“As a traditional friendly neighbour and partner of Afghanistan, China has always advocated dialogue to tide through difficulties,” Wang Wenbin, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

Early in July, Wang had hosted a nine-member Taliban delegation led by Mullah Baradar Akhund in Tianjin city, where the Chinese foreign minister had said the Taliban have an “important role” in Afghanistan’s peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process.

Until now, the interim Afghan government has held meetings at the Foreign Ministry level with Qatar, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Pakistan.