BEIJING: Member of the Chinese State Council and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Sunday stressed the need to improve international relations between Afghanistan and neighboring countries and said that Afghanistan’s relations with Pakistan and other countries need to be further enhanced.
In his speech on the sidelines of the third session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) held here, he said that China would continue to play a positive and constructive role in facilitating peace and economic development in Afghanistan. He said that Afghanistan had been considered warm as the heart of Asia. He said, “It has a significant impact on regional peace and stability.”
Referring to the recent peace agreement in Afghanistan, he said that fast-moving events in recent months have brought the country closer to peace than before, adding,
“But the road ahead is far from smooth. We welcome the approval of President Ashraf Ghani and Dr. Abdullah to form a unity government and await their normal functioning as early as possible. “
The Chinese foreign minister called on all factions to immediately cease hostilities and reach an initial agreement on arrangements for intra-Afghanistan talks.
Regarding the peace and reconciliation process, he said that China views that the process must be led by Afghanistan and must be left to the people of Afghanistan to decide the country’s future and understand the fate of the nation in their hands.
Wang hopes the country can return to normal after the signing of a peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban in February and said the US must withdraw its military responsibly to avoid damaging the interests of Afghanistan and neighboring countries.
There is also a need for stronger counter-terrorism efforts in the region, and for improving international relations between Afghanistan and neighboring countries, so that more support and collaboration can be gathered to facilitate the process of building peace in Afghanistan, he added.
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