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Wang Yi: Afghanistan Has Never Been So Close to Peace as Today

2019-05-21

On May 20, 2019 local time, after meeting with President Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan in Dushanbe, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said to reporters that China and Tajikistan, as neighbors of Afghanistan, have coordinated their positions on how to achieve domestic reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan.

Wang Yi said that after years of war and turmoil, peace in Afghanistan finally becomes possible. Despite of uncertainty of the situation, the Afghan people have never been so close to peace as they are today. We call on all parties and factions in Afghanistan to put the interest of the country and people first, reach broad political consensus through inclusive dialogue, and promote the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned political process. We hope the negotiation between the United States and the Taliban can lead to a deal that is conducive to the process, and hope other multilateral mechanisms concerning the Afghan issue can play positive roles for the process as well.

Wang Yi said that as a neighbor of Afghanistan, China respects the Afghan people and never interferes in Afghan internal affairs. China is willing to continually play a constructive role for the peace of Afghanistan and make contributions to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.

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