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EU hopes China will mediate with Taliban for talks

IANS  |  Beijing 

The European Union's to on Wednesday hoped that "key player" would mediate with the for acceptance of Afghan Ashraf Ghani's offer for unconditional peace talks.

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing, said the EU was not in contact with the and urged those countries that were, including China, to talk to certain groups and mediate in the conflict, reported.

"and the EU believe that this is an offer that is meaningful. It is an offer that presents an opportunity and a window that should be seized by all parties across conflict lines," Kobia said.

Kobia is on an official visit to China, where he met his Chinese counterpart, Deng Xijun, and discussed, among other issues, the ongoing peace process and terrorism.

Two weeks ago, Ghani had offered the Taliban political recognition and talks without any pre-conditions in order to reopen peace negotiations and end a long-running conflict.

The Taliban are yet to respond to the proposal, that was mooted at the opening of the second Process conference and has the backing of the international community.

"In these kinds of scenarios windows open very quickly but they can also close very quickly," Kobia warned.

In recent months, has been making efforts to mediate between and Afghanistan, two neighbours with a complex relationship as the latter accuses the former of supporting the Taliban.

China has significantly increased its interest in the region with an eye to boosting economic expansion in Central and South under its so-called "New Silk Road" initiative.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 19:34 IST