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Taliban delegation visits China

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: 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.

Chinese officials did not immediately 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 but never resulted to direct talks with leader of Taliban.

The efforts appeared to break down definitively when former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan.

China has long been concerned that instability in Afghanistan will spill over into the violence-prone far western Chinese region of Xinjiang, where hundreds have died in recent years in unrest blamed by Beijing on Islamist extremists.

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