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Atmar, Chinese envoy discuss security cooperation

AT-KABUL: The National Security Adviser Mohammad Haneef Atmar on Sunday met with Chinese Ambassador to Kabul Yao Jing, discussing economic, political and security issues.

They talked about bilateral relations, expansion of economic, security cooperation, and the fight against terrorism, a statement from National Security Council said on Sunday.

Atmar informed Chinese diplomat about his recent Moscow visit, calling the regional allies’ consensus vital in fight against terrorism. He also thanked the Chinese government for supporting Afghanistan, the statement added.

Chinese envoy reaffirmed his country’s commitment to support Afghanistan, saying that Afghanistan’s security demands were under consideration in Beijing.

The meeting follows a Taliban delegation’s visit to Beijing taken on July 21 and 22.

A senior member of Taliban group has told Reuters that a delegation from the group visited China last week earlier this month to discuss the situation in Afghanistan.

The source said on condition of anonymity that the delegation was led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanakzai, head of Taliban’s political office in Qatar.

“We have good relations with different countries of the world and China is one of them,” the official said.

However, Chinese officials did not comment on the issue. China has been a member of the quadrilateral group for controversial peace talk’s process of Afghanistan which had contribution in several meeting in Kabul and Islamabad. Unfortunately, these meetings never resulted to direct talks with leader of Taliban.

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