China reaffirms role supporting Afghans

Wang Yi, in 2nd meeting with senior Taliban leader, talks of historic chance
State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi renewed dialogue on Monday with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a senior figure in the Taliban-led Afghan interim government, just under three months after they met in Tianjin.
Wang's latest meeting with Baradar, the acting deputy prime minister in the interim Afghan government, took place in the Qatari capital Doha.
When the two men met in Tianjin for the first time at the end of July, the Taliban had not yet assumed control of Afghanistan, nor had the country experienced the full extent of the turmoil triggered by the US military's chaotic withdrawal from the country.
On Monday, Wang said the war-torn country is "in a critical phase with a transition from chaos to orderliness".
Domestic governance, sanctions and the fight against terror topped the agenda of the Doha meeting.
Afghanistan now encounters a historic opportunity to fully control its fate and to achieve inclusiveness, reconciliation and reconstruction, Wang said.
In comments to Baradar, Wang voiced China's expectation for the Taliban to carry out further efforts to boost unity in the country, while promoting openness, inclusiveness, reconstruction, and the rights of women and children.
The goal is to build a modernized country that serves the hopes of the Afghan people and the trends of the era, he said.
Baradar said the domestic situation is controllable and improving, adding that the government has been functioning properly. The country will draw lessons from its history and take a path that is suited to its national conditions, he said.
Afghanistan will further take inclusive measures to secure and attract more talent, and will step up efforts to empower women and children in areas such as employment prospects and education, he added.
On Monday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said: "As a traditionally friendly neighbor and cooperation partner of Afghanistan, China always calls for dialogue and engagement to guide the Afghan

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