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Taliban prisoners’ release to create favourable conditions for intra-Afghan talks: China

BEIJING (VOFNEWS.ORG)– China on Monday welcomed Afghan Council of the elders and tribal leaders’ approval for release of the Taliban prisoners’ last batch and said it would create favourable conditions for the intra-Afghan dialogue in Afghanistan.

At regular news briefing at Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said releasing prisoners is an important part for the Afghan Government and Afghan Taliban to establish mutual trust and start Intra-Afghan talks.

“So, releasing prisoners is an important part for the Afghan Government and the Afghan Taliban to establish mutual trust and start Intra-Afghan talks. China welcomes the Afghan government and people following their domestic rules and to discuss and decide these major matters through the Loya Jirga” – Grand Assembly, Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said

According to media reports, the Council of Afghans elders and tribal leaders have approved the release of last batch of 400 Taliban prisoners, paving way for intra-Afghan dialogue.

Zhao Lijian added that the Afghanistan’s situation  was at a critical stage and said that the relevant parties should earnestly abide by and implement their commitments and agreements, signed regarding Afghanistan to ensure the steady and orderly development of the situation.

“China would like continue to playing a constructive role for the political settlement of the Afghanistan issue and the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan,” Zhao Lijian added.

“The decision of the Loya Jirga has removed the last excuse and obstacles on the way to peace talks. We are on the verge of peace talks,” said Abdullah Abdullah, who is leading the government’s peace process and was appointed head of the Loya Jirga.

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Pakistan also welcomed the Afghan Loya Jirga’s recommendation to release remaining 400 prisoners, hoping the step would pave way for early commencement of intra-Afghan negotiations.

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