India not excluded from peace process in Afghanistan: China

Asked why India was not invited to the meeting, Khalilzad said “China has been in close communication and coordination with all parties including India” on the Afghanistan issue.

India has not been excluded from the efforts to bring peace in Afghanistan, China said Monday, days after it hosted a key meeting with the US, Russia and Pakistan on facilitating the peace process in the war-torn country.

Representatives of China, Russia, and the US held their 3rd consultation on the Afghan peace process in Beijing on July 10-11 following which they also requested Pakistan to join for a surprise quadrilateral meeting.

“China, Russia, and the United States welcomed Pakistan joining the consultation and believe that Pakistan can play an important role in facilitating peace in Afghanistan”, a joint statement issued at the end of the meeting said.

US special envoy for Afghanistan reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, who is currently holding talks with the Taliban to work out an agreement for withdrawal of the US troops and participation of the rebel group in the Afghan government, attended the meeting.

Briefing reporters about the meeting here on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said: “we have reached some consensus and exchanged views on the current situation in Afghanistan and our effort to help to restore peace and security”.

He said all four countries had agreed to step up coordination and communication and jointly promote…

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