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Wang Yi Proposes Five Suggestions on the Internal Negotiations in Afghanistan

2020-08-21

On August 21, 2020, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi jointly met the press after holding the second Round of China-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue in Baoting, Hainan Province.

Wang Yi said, the Chinese side is sincerely glad about the important steps taken towards the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, and sincerely hopes that all parties in Afghanistan could seize the rare opportunity to find an effective political solution to the Afghan issue. Regarding the internal negotiations in Afghanistan, the Chinese side has five suggestions and expectations:

First, we should stick to the fundamental direction of political settlement. Dialogue and negotiation are the only way out for the Afghan issue. All parties related to the Afghan peace talks are brothers and sisters, therefore they should follow the trend of the times and the voice of the people, wipe off old grudges and divergences, and achieve real reconciliation. It is hoped that the political parties in Afghanistan to be confident, patient, sincere, and determined in the peace talks.

Second, we should adhere to the basic principle of Afghan-led. The destiny of Afghanistan is in the hands of the Afghan people, and the concept of "Afghan-led and Afghan-owned" should be earnestly safeguarded. No country should engage in geopolitical competition in Afghanistan, and no one should pursue personal gains on the Afghan issue.

Third, we should adhere to a comprehensive and inclusive framework. All parties in the negotiations should, through concerted efforts, build a political framework that allows all political parties and organizations, ethnic groups and religious groups in Afghanistan to take an equal part and share rights, and ensure that it is broad-based and inclusive. Meanwhile, all parties should resolutely combat terrorism, and pursue an external policy featuring peace and friendship.

Fourth, we should stay committed to a solution that addresses both the symptoms and the root causes of the issue. Apart from the suffering chaos brought by the war, which is the greatest challenge, Afghanistan also faces other conundrums such as poverty, refugees, and drug issues, which call on all parties to contribute their wisdom and work together. It is hoped that all parties concerned will bear in mind the general picture of Afghanistan's national interest and people's livelihood and work together, so as to realize a virtuous circle of peace and development in Afghanistan.

Fifth, we should remain committed to international efforts that are righteous and responsible. The international community and regional countries should adhere to fairness and justice, and push the negotiations towards peace, instead of away from peace. Foreign military forces should withdraw from the country in a responsible and orderly manner to prevent terrorist forces from taking opportunity to cause tumult, so as to ensure a smooth transition of the situation in Afghanistan.

Wang Yi stressed, as a close neighbor and sincere friend of Afghanistan, the Chinese side is keener than any other country to see peace and stability in Afghanistan. We will, as always, while fully respecting the will of all parties in Afghanistan, continue to support, mediate and provide convenience for Afghanistan's reconciliation process.

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