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Special Envoys from China, Russia and Pakistan hold talks with Karzai, top Taliban officials in Kabul

By PTI

BEIJING: Special envoys from China, Russia and Pakistan met top officials of the Taliban interim government as well as Afghan leaders Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul to discuss the formation of an inclusive government, combating terrorism and the humanitarian situation. did, a top Chinese official said on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a media that the three special envoys visited Kabul from 21 to 22 September and were accompanied by Acting Prime Minister Mohamed Hassan Akhund, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaki, Finance Minister and other high-level officials of the interim government. negotiated with the officials. Briefing here.

Significantly, he also met former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the National Reconciliation Council under the previous government.

It is perhaps the first time that foreign diplomats have met Karzai and Abdullah, who stayed in Kabul last month after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan before the withdrawal of US and NATO troops.

Their meeting coincides with the Taliban’s letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, naming their spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s new ambassador to the United Nations.

The Afghan terrorist group has asked Guterres to allow it to participate and speak at the 76th session of the General Assembly in New York.

In addition to coordinating closely with Russia on Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, which have been playing a major role after the Taliban captured Kabul, are trying to establish a new group of countries that share a border with Afghanistan. .

The new group includes China, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, all of which are neighbors of Afghanistan.

The foreign ministers of the group had a virtual meeting on 7 September.

Highlighting its importance, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan told the BBC on Tuesday that the new group would jointly decide on whether to recognize the Taliban’s interim government.

Describing the talks of the special envoys of China, Russia, Pakistan with Taliban officials in Kabul, Zhao said that they discussed the situation especially regarding inclusion, human rights, economic and humanitarian affairs and friendly relations between Afghanistan. Of.

He said that they also discussed the country’s integration and territorial integrity along with relations with other countries.

“They had in-depth and constructive discussions and also expressed support for combating terrorism and drug crimes,” he said.

His offer of support comes amid increasing attacks reportedly by ISIS-K on Taliban officials in Jalalabad in the past few days, resulting in several casualties.

“The Taliban said that they attach great importance to relations with the three countries and that they play a responsible role in strengthening stability in Afghanistan. The three countries called on the international community for more humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan,” Zhao said. “

Zhao said he stressed that the US and allies bear the main responsibility for economic and social reconstruction in Afghanistan and providing much-needed economic livelihoods and humanitarian assistance.

He said the three countries have agreed to maintain constructive contacts with the Taliban to promote peace, prosperity, regional stability and development.

He said that in his talks with Karzai and Abdullah, they discussed issues related to peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Zhao said, “China said that we will not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and is playing a constructive role for a political solution to the Afghan issue. The Afghan side should pursue a political system that uses an open, inclusive and prudent policy.” Do.” .

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