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Chinese Envoy calls for political dialogue in Afghanistan

Chinese Envoy Asks for Efforts to Promote Political Dialogue

NEW YORK – A Chinese envoy on Monday asked for efforts to promote political dialogue in Afghanistan and facilitate the holding of the presidential poll scheduled for July 2019.
“We should promote political dialogue in the country,” Wu Haitao, the charge d’affaires of China’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations, told the Security Council.
“We called on all parties in the country to put their national interests first and seize the important opportunity of political reconciliation to embark on the path of peace,” he added.
The international community should support the Afghan-led, Afghan-owned inclusive political process, and support the government in developing a comprehensive, inclusive, and actionable roadmap for political reconciliation, he said.
Wu asked the international community to support the Afghan government’s efforts to promote political dialogue and persuade the Taliban to come back to the negotiating table at an early date.
At present, the situation in Afghanistan is at a critical juncture as the country has multiple important issues on its political agenda and at the same time faces challenging security and humanitarian situations, said Wu.
The international community should honor its commitment by sustaining its firm support to Afghanistan as durable peace and development in the country will not only benefit the Afghan people, but also regional security, stability, peace, and prosperity, he said.
Wu also asked for efforts to facilitate the holding of the presidential election in Afghanistan.
“We hope the new Independent Election Commission will scale up its preparations for the presidential election. We also hope that UNAMA will provide technical support to the commission,” said Wu, referring to the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.
All parties in Afghanistan should enhance unity and take national stability as their shared responsibility and address their differences through dialogue, said the Chinese envoy.
(Sahar News)

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