PESHAWAR, 9 July: The United States and China have welcomed talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Pakistan.

The White House said in a statement that the US appreciates every step and initiative taken for establishing peace in Afghanistan. China said the talks were very important for establishing durable peace in Afghanistan.

Officials from China and US were also present as observers during the meeting between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives in Murree on Tuesday. Both the sides agreed in the first phase of negotiations to continue contacts after Ramazan.

The Afghan government has also thanked Pakistan for facilitating the talks process.

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