PESHAWAR, 25 May: The Afghan government and representative of ousted Taliban militia have held peace talks in China last week, reported the Wall Street Journal, a U.S. daily.

The daily claimed that the two-day talks were held on 19th and 20th May, which were aimed at paving way for ceasefire between the two warring parties. The talks were held on the request of China.

The negotiating team of Afghan government was led by Muhammad Masoom Stanekzai while Taliban delegation was comprised by Mulla Abdul Jaleel, Mulla Muhammad Hussain Rahmani and Mulla Abdur Razzaq.

A former Taliban leader Maulvi Kamaluddin has termed the recent talks more significant than the one recently held in Qatar between Afghan government and Taliban. These talks were kept very secret and only a few people knew about it.

On the other hand, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has categorically rejected the report and said that Taliban did not hold any kind of talks with Afghan government in China.

A few weeks ago, peace talks in Qatar concluded inconclusive as the Taliban set a condition that negotiations could move further only when the U.S. forces completely withdraw from Afghanistan. Like Pakistan, China has also started its endeavours to restore peace in Afghanistan.


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