BEIJING (Web Desk) – Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that Pakistan had played a unique role in the Afghan peace.
In a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani, Wang said peace talks were the “right way towards enduring peace and tranquility” in Afghanistan. He urged Pakistan to take part in the peace process with China which will play the role of a mediator in the talks.
The Afghan foreign minister, Salahuddin Rabbani, begins an official four-day visit in Beijing on Monday, and the topic of bringing Afghanistan’s warring factions to the negotiating table is expected to be the priority in his meetings with Chinese leaders.
Mr. Rabbani’s trip signals that China has a stake in the resumption of peace talks, which are still at an early stage and stalled months ago.
One reason for China’s engagement is that a stable Afghanistan could become a critical transportation hub and market for Chinese goods, and, eventually, another investment opportunity for President Xi Jinping’s grand economic plans for Central Asia.