By: Suraya Raiszada
Following cancellation of peace talks between US delegates led by Zalmay Khalilzad and representatives of the Taliban group, Chinese officials declared their support from the Afghan-owned and Afghan-led peace process for national reconciliation and maintaining peace and stability in the country.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang in his recent press briefings in connection with Afghanistan peace process has said China has always supporting the Afghan peace process and will continue supporting the process.
“China consistently supports a broad, inclusive peace and reconciliation process that is Afghan-led and Afghan-owned. We hope the US and the Afghan Taliban will keep up the momentum for negotiation and support intra-Afghan dialogue for national reconciliation, peace and stability at an early date. China will continue to play a constructive role to this end,” Shuang said.
He said that they certainly hoped to see national reconciliation, peace and stability in Afghanistan at an early date, adding that China would continue to play a constructive role in the connection.
But, Afghan political experts consider efforts of the world and regional countries in connection with Afghanistan peace process as symbolic.
“The people of Afghanistan are thirsty of peace and welcome any initiatives and steps that can help maintain peace and stability in the country. In the meantime, the United States with its international and regional allies should reach an agreement on Afghanistan peace issue as the ongoing war will not end if there is no agreement or consensus in connection with Afghan peace effort among world and regional countries,” said Amir Mohammad, an Afghan political expert.
A university lecturer Hashimi believes that Afghanistan government has made continued efforts towards bringing and maintaining peace in the country for the past 18 years, but unfortunately no steps and initiatives have helped end the ongoing war in the country.
“One of the reasons that has helped fail peace efforts is lack of cooperation of regional countries in particular Pakistan in this regard although the country has repeatedly promised to help Afghanistan in maintaining peace and stability, unfortunately no practical actions have been taken so far,” Hashimi said.
According to the university lecturer, China as one of the biggest country in the region can play effective role in Afghanistan peace process.
Currently, Afghanistan is on the threshold of holding presidential elections as preparations are underway for holding the elections set to be held next week on Saturday 28 September. Afghanistan government has said that all peace efforts will be resumed after the elections.
It is worth mentioning that US President Donald Trump called off peace talks with the Taliban group after the group admitted to a car bombing at a security post near NATO’s Resolute Support Mission headquarters in Kabul where two NATO soldiers including a US officer have been killed in the attack.