Qatar to host China-Afghanistan moot

DOHA, 26 October 2021, (TON): Beijing said that China’s State Councilor Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet a delegation of Afghanistan interim government during his visit to Qatar on Oct 25-26.

The two sides will exchange views on the situation in Afghanistan and other topics of concern for both sides.

The report added “it is a continuation of communication between the two sides since their meeting in north China’s Tianjin in July.”

Last week, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, a spokesperson for the Taliban’s interim Foreign Ministry, had said Afghanistan’s acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi will meet his counterpart, Wang Yi, though he had not revealed the time and date for the meeting.

It will be the first high-level engagement between China and Afghanistan after the Taliban returned to power in August amid the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the war-torn country.

Wang Wenbin, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson said “as a traditional friendly neighbour and partner of Afghanistan, China has always advocated dialogue to tide through difficulties.”

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