China says Taleban envoys discussed Afghanistan peace effort

BEIJING (AP) — Taleban envoys visited Beijing to discuss peace efforts in Afghanistan with Chinese officials, the Foreign Ministry said yesterday.

The delegation was led by co-founder of the Taleban and head of its political office in the Middle Eastern nation of Qatar Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Baradar and Chinese Foreign Ministry officials exchanged views on the “process of advancing peace in Afghanistan,” said Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang. He gave no details.

Geng appealed to the United States (US) and Taleban to maintain the momentum of peace negotiations and said China was ready to “play a constructive role”.

US-Taleban talks over a peace deal recently collapsed.

Beijing supports negotiations to “realise national reconciliation and peace and stability at an early date,” Geng said. “China will continue to play constructive roles to this end.”