On Wednesday China said it has a smooth and effective communication channel with the Taliban a meeting between representatives of the group and the Chinese ambassador to Kabul on Tuesday.
The Chinese foreign ministry did not share details about the meeting, the highest level one since the upheaval in Afghanistan.Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy head of the Taliban political office in Qatar, met Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu in Kabul on Tuesday.
It was the latest instance of Beijing seeking to establish smooth ties with the insurgent group that swept to power following the pullback by western military forces.
Russian news agency, Sputnik quoted a Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Naeem as tweeting: “They discussed the security of the Chinese embassy and diplomats, the current situation in Afghanistan, bilateral relations and China’s humanitarian assistance.”
Asked about the meeting in Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin said Kabul is an important channel for the two sides to discuss various important.
“We have always respected Afghanistan’s sovereign independence and territorial integrity, pursued a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and policy of friendship towards the entire Afghan people,” Wang said on Wednesday in Beijing.
Wang said,“China respects the Afghan people’s independent decision on their own future and destiny, supports the implementation of the Afghan led and Afghan owned principle, and stands ready to continue to develop good-neighbourly relations of friendship and cooperation with Afghanistan and play a constructive role in the peace and reconstruction of the country”.
Senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs, has stressed on the political settlement of the turmoil in Afghanistan.
The 11th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Meeting of National Security Advisers on Tuesday at the invitation of India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Yang stressed that political settlement is the only way out.
Taliban’s relationship with China, Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid recently told national broadcaster CGTN: “We want good relations with China and all countries and we are looking for economic relations and friendly relations with China.