- Title: Beijing says supports peace process as Afghan rivals due to meet in China
- Date: 23rd October 2019
- Summary: BEIJING, CHINA (OCTOBER 23, 2019) (REUTERS) FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING WALKING IN FOR NEWS CONFERENCE JOURNALISTS SITTING (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) CHINESE FOREIGN MINISTRY SPOKESWOMAN HUA CHUNYING, SAYING: "China supports dialogues between the Afghan parties, including the Afghan government and the Afghan Taliban. We are willing to facilitate the process of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan on the basis of respecting the will of the Afghan parties. If we have anything to announce related on this we would do so in a timely manner." NEWS CONFERENCE IN PROGRESS EXTERIOR OF FOREIGN MINISTRY CHINESE FLAG FLYING
- Embargoed: 6th November 2019 10:19
- Keywords: China Afghanistan Peace
- Location: BEIJING, CHINA
- City: BEIJING, CHINA
- Country: China
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA001B2BG11J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said on Wednesday (October 23) that China supported the Afghan peace process and it was willing to provide what help it could.
China is organising talks among Afghanistan's rival factions as part of efforts to end years of war after negotiations between the Taliban and the United States on the withdrawal of U.S. forces broke down, Afghan officials said on Wednesday.
The so-called intra-Afghan dialogue is aimed at reconciliation between Afghanistan's warring parties and has been running parallel to the talks between the insurgents and the United States.
But Hua declined to comment directly on any Chinese meeting, saying if the government had anything to announce it would do so in a "timely manner."
China, which shares a short border with Afghanistan, has been trying to encourage peace efforts and last month a Taliban delegation visited Beijing for talks with government officials.
(Production: Thomas Suen)
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