Jan 4, 2019, 2:28 PM
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China lauds Iran's constructive role in Afghanistan

Beijing, Jan 4, IRNA – China's Foreign Ministry on Friday praised the positive role of Iran in establishment of sustainable peace in Afghanistan.

China is thankful of the international community, in particular, the regional states, including Iran for their efforts to establish sustainable peace in Afghanistan, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

The Chinese official made the remarks, answering a question regarding the Beijing stance on Taliban's recent visit to Tehran.

He noted that China has always supported the peace process in Afghanistan.

Lu Kang said that Beijing supports the joint efforts by the regional countries for promotion of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The Taliban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed has acknowledged Iran attempts to establish peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The statement was released on Tuesday after Iranian Foreign Ministry announced that Taliban delegation's trip to Iran aimed at facilitating peace talks in Afghanistan.

Earlier on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi confirmed that a Taliban delegation held extensive talks with Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi in Tehran.

The meeting followed a recent visit by Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani to Afghanistan during which he held talks with Afghan officials, he said.

On Dec 26, Shamkhani went to Kabul at the invitation of National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib.

During his one-day stay in Kabul, Shamkhani met with Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah and some other Afghan officials.

Enhancing political, economic and security relations, countering terrorism and organized crimes, and border and regional cooperation were among the goals of Shamkhani's visit to Afghanistan.

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