Beijing: Special envoys from China, Russia and Pakistan have met top officials of the Taliban interim government and Afghan leaders Hamid Karzai and Abdullah in Kabul to discuss the formation of an inclusive government, steps to combat terrorism and the humanitarian situation.
A top Chinese official gave this information on Wednesday. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a press conference here that the three special envoys visited Kabul on September 21-22, Caretaker Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund, Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki, the Finance Minister and other high-level officials of the Interim Government.
Apart from this, he also met former President Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, who was chairman of the National Reconciliation Council in the previous government. This is probably the first time that foreign diplomats have not left the country after the Taliban took control of Afghanistan.
The meeting comes at a time when the Taliban, in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, has nominated its spokesman, Suhail Shaheen, as Afghanistan’s new envoy to the United Nations. It has also sought Guterres’ permission to attend and address the 76th session of the General Assembly in New York.
Describing the talks of the special envoys of China, Russia, Pakistan with Taliban officials in Kabul, Zhao said that they particularly discussed about inclusion, human rights, economic and humanitarian affairs and friendly relations with Afghanistan.
The spokesman said that they discussed the country’s integration and territorial integrity along with relations with other countries. “They held in-depth and constructive discussions and expressed support for combating terrorism and drug crimes,” Zhao said.
“The Taliban said that they attach great importance to relations with the three countries and that they are playing a responsible role in strengthening stability in Afghanistan. The three countries have called on the international community to provide more humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.
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 talks with Karzai and Abdullah, they discussed issues related to peace and stability in Afghanistan, he said. discussed.
“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,” Zhao said. The Afghan side must build a political system that is based on an open, inclusive and prudent policy.”