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Wang Yi meets with Afghan Taliban’s political chief

This combo photo shows Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan’s Taliban (PHOTOS / XINHUA & AFP)

TIANJIN – Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met here on Wednesday with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, political chief of Afghanistan‘s Taliban.  

The Afghan Taliban, as a critical military and political force in the country, are expected to play an important role in the peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process of Afghanistan, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said

The Afghan Taliban, as a critical military and political force in the country, are expected to play an important role in the peace, reconciliation and reconstruction process of Afghanistan, Wang said.

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He called on the Taliban to put their national interests first and foremost, hold high the banner of peace talks, establish the goal of peace, create a positive image and adopt an inclusive policy.

The sudden withdrawal of forces by the United States and NATO from Afghanistan marks the failure of US’ Afghanistan policy, and Afghan people now face an important opportunity to stabilize and develop their own country, Wang said.

He urged all factions and ethnic groups in Afghanistan to stay united, truly implement the “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” principle, promote the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan to achieve substantive results as soon as possible, and independently establish an inclusive political structure in line with Afghanistan’s own national conditions.

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