On Friday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif announced from the Chinese capital Beijing that China, Pakistan and Afghanistan will hold new talks later this year in China to push forward the negotiations for a political solution in the war-torn country.
Asif emphasized that there is no military solution for the war in Afghanistan and that the solution should be a political one. Asif statement is believed to be a response to the US President Donald Trump plan to deploy more troops to Afghanistan.
“It’s our firm view that there is no military solution in Afghanistan, the focus should be on a politically negotiated settlement … China is playing a very constructive role in this regard,” Asif said.
From his side, Wang indirectly criticized the US accusation about the relationship between Pakistan and the Taliban. Wang stressed that Pakistan contributed many efforts to solve the conflict in Afghanistan.
“The government and people of Pakistan have made huge sacrifices in the fight against terror for everyone to see and the international community should recognize that,” Wang said.
In a separate development, Taliban fighters recaptured Chamtal district of northern Balkh province, according to local sources. Previously the Afghan Army and Police carried out a security operation and captured the area from the Taliban.
Local sources said that Taliban fighters withdrew from the area before the security operation started, and simply returned to it after the operation was over. If true the Taliban knew in advance about the operation.
Security breaches is another reason why the US-led coalition in Afghanistan- and the Afghan Army didn’t achieve any stable progress in Afghanistan in the last few years.