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China announces support to Afghan peace process

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Amidst delay in the second round of peace talks following the death of Taliban’s leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, China on Friday announced support to Afghan peace process and its involved parties, including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Chinese External Affairs Ministry said that Beijing is aware of the reasons for delay in the talks and it wants all parties to focus on national unity and enduring peace in Afghanistan.

The ministry also called on Afghanistan to continue to push forward the peace and reconciliation process.

The talks were scheduled to take place in Urumqi – Xinxiang’s provincial capital – but reportedly shifted to Murree in Pakistan, where the first round was held.

After the Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death was confirmed, the rebel group reportedly appointed Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as his successor.

Reports suggest that at a meeting on Wednesday night, the Taliban’s Quetta Shura elected Sirajuddin Haqqani, chief of the banned Haqqani Network, as the insurgent group’s deputy leader.

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