Afghanistan News: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Wednesday on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and stressed the need for a holistic political solution in the war-torn country. He said that peace and stability in the country is important for Pakistan and the region. According to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang called Qureshi and the two leaders discussed the evolving situation in Afghanistan.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that “in the current situation it is extremely important to protect the safety and rights of the Afghan people”. The Foreign Ministry said that Qureshi described a peaceful and stable Afghanistan as essential for Pakistan and the region. In this context, Pakistan supported the Afghan peace process.
What did China say on recognizing Taliban?
Earlier on Wednesday, China said on Wednesday that it would decide to grant diplomatic recognition to the Taliban in Afghanistan only after the formation of the government and hoped that the government would be “open, inclusive and widely represented”. When asked at a media briefing in Beijing when China would give diplomatic recognition to the Taliban, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said, “China’s position on the issue of Afghanistan is consistent and clear.”
“If we have to recognize a government, the first thing we have to do is wait till the government is formed,” the foreign ministry spokesperson said. That Afghanistan would have an open, inclusive and widely represented regime. Only then will we come to the question of diplomatic recognition.
At the same time, he reiterated China’s stand that in addition to forming an “open and inclusive” government in consultation with other factions, the Taliban should be protected against any terrorist forces, especially the Uighur terrorist group in Xinjiang province – the East Turkistan Islamic Movement. (ETIM) should keep its promise of not allowing it.
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