China makes a big offer to Afghanistan, Ghani must seize the initiative

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BEIJING - Welcoming Afghan president’s offer of talks with Taliban, a Chinese foreign ministry’s spokesperson said on Thursday that China was willing to provide assistance to the Afghan reconciliation and peaceful reconstruction process as its capacity allowed.

“China is willing to provide assistance to the Afghan reconciliation and peaceful reconstruction process as our capacity allows,” Hua Chunying said during her regular briefing held here.

She said that China always supported the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned extensive and exclusive reconciliation process and urged all the relevant parties in Afghanistan to address their difference through dialogue and consultation.

The spokesperson said that the Chinese side highly appreciated efforts made by the government and President Asharf Ghani for reconciliation.

“We hope all relevant parties can work for the shared goal, enhance dialogue and consultations, discard difference and achieve the lasting peace, development and stability in Afghanistan as well as possible,” she added.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had offered recognition of the Taliban as a legitimate political group as part of a proposed political process that he said could lead to talks aimed at ending more than 16 years of war. - APP

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