China hosts the 3rd meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries

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The meeting among the neighboring countries of Afghanistan took place in Tunxi, east China's Anhui Province from March 30 to 31.

Foreign ministers or representatives of Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have attended the 3rd meeting of the foreign ministers of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.

Later, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the "Afghanistan's neighbors + Afghanistan" foreign ministers' dialogue. Acting Foreign Minister of the Afghan Interim Government Amir Khan Muttaqi attended the dialogue. Foreign ministers of Indonesia and Qatar have been invited as guests.

The talks have reportedly echoed positively with the third meeting of foreign ministers of the Afghan neighboring countries, to further cement the consensus of all parties to help Afghanistan achieve peace, stability and development at an early date.

Meanwhile, an official source within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan says Tajikistan has been represented at the meetings in China by Minister of Justice Muzaffar Ashouriyon.

He further added that Tajikistan’s position on Afghanistan remains the same.

Meanwhile, a separate meeting of the “Extended Troika” has reportedly been held in Tunxi concurrently among special envoys for Afghanistan from China, the United States and Russia. Chinese special envoy for Afghanistan Yue Xiaoyong has reportedly hosted the meeting.

China, the US, Russia and Pakistan are all countries with significant influence on the Afghan issue and Reuters said on march 29 that a top U.S. diplomat will meet with his Chinese, Russian and Pakistani counterparts in China to discuss issues in Afghanistan.

U.S. News says Chinese leader Xi Jinping today issued strong backing for Afghanistan at the regional conference, while making no mention of human rights abuses by the country’s Taliban leaders.

Xi reportedly pledged China’s support in a message to a gathering of representatives from Afghanistan, China, Russia, Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in Tunxi.

A “peaceful, stable, developed and prosperous Afghanistan” is what Afghans aspire to, which “serves the common interests of regional countries and the international community,” Chinese leader was quoted as said.

Source: Asia-Plus