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China ready to play guarantor for Afghan peace deal

Chinese envoy meets Afghan national security adviser in Kabul

Shadi Khan Saif  | 27.06.2019 - Update : 27.06.2019
China ready to play guarantor for Afghan peace deal

KABUL, Afghanistan 

China has offered to serve as guarantor for a proposed peace agreement in Afghanistan, an official statement said late on Wednesday. 

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's national security adviser, received Deng Xijun, China's special envoy for Afghanistan, in the capital Kabul.

The envoy briefed Mohib on China's recent efforts for peace talks, according to a statement from the national security adviser's office.

“He (Xijun) reaffirmed China's support for the Afghan-led and -owned process and offered China's proposal as guarantor to any agreement,” the statement added.

There have been multiple signs of cautious optimism from the U.S. and NATO about a potential peace deal in Afghanistan this year. In the past two days, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg as well as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have said a comprehensive peace agreement with the Taliban is within the grasps.

This comes as the U.S. and the Taliban are set to hold the seventh round of talks for peace later this month in Doha, Qatar.

The insurgents have so far not shared their views in this connection.

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