Foreign ministers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and China on Thursday held an online trilateral meeting on peace in Afghanistan, during which the Chinese foreign minister said that the Afghan peace process has entered into a crucial phase.
Wang Yi said that the withdrawal of US foreign forces from Afghanistan will complicate the situation in Afghanistan.
The Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has described the meeting as an important step toward strengthening peace in Afghanistan.
“The talks between the foreign ministers of China, Afghanistan and Pakistan provide an important platform for the three sides to increase mutual trust and expand their cooperation,” said Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
“Fighting terrorism, maintaining lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and expanding cooperation were some of the key points in the discussions,” said Hamed Tahzib, deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“If there is a possibility that China will use its leverage on Pakistan, then I think we can expect something from the meeting,” said political analyst Fazel Hadi Wazin.
This comes as some members of the republic's peace negotiating team have left Kabul for Doha to resume talks with the Taliban.
Meanwhile, Abdul Hafiz Mansour, a member of the peace negotiating team representing the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in talks with the Taliban, has accused the Taliban of purposely delaying the peace process.
“Still there is skepticism that the Taliban will accept the main agenda of the (talks), which are a ceasefire and participation in the future government,” said Abdul Hafiz Mansour, a republic peace negotiator.
Meanwhile, the US continues the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan. US forces recently claimed to have completed the pullout by 44 percent.
The Chinese foreign minister suggested that the role of the uUN in Afghanistan must increase after the withdrawal of US troops