Taliban delegation visits China

Suhail Shaheen, spokesman for Taliban’s Qatar office, has said a nine member delegation of the group led by chief of Qatar office, Mullah Baradar, met with Deng Xijun, China’s special representative for Afghanistan in Beijing.

He said that both sides discussed the US-Taliban talks in Doha, which was cancelled by US President Donald Trump.

Baradar said that they have reached an inclusive agreement on a peaceful resolution with the US negotiators.

“Now that the US president is not delivering on his promise, then he would be responsible for any kind of bloodshed and devastations in Afghanistan,” he was quoted as saying.

According to Shaheen, Chinese representative expressed full support for the peace agreement that was about to sign between the Taliban and the US. He added that Xijun described the deal as a “good framework” for peaceful solution of Afghanistan war.

A Taliban delegation also visited Beijing in June. At the time, China said it favored intra-Afghan dialogue to end the 18-year-long war.

Afghanistan shares a short border with China.  Beijing has long been worried about links between militant groups operating in Xinjiang, the neighboring Chinese state to Afghanistan, which is home to the Turkic-speaking mostly Muslim Uighur people.