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Updated 8:44 AM EDT, Wed, Aug 18, 2021

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Afghanistan Unhappy About Taliban Delegation's Visit to China

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(Photo : Getty Images) Afghanistan is unhappy after a Taliban delegation visited China last month.

Afghanistan is unhappy about a recent visit of a Taliban delegation to China.

The Afghan government on Sunday lashed out at China for providing a platform for the Taliban, which is responsible for the killing people in Afghanistan.

"Afghanistan and China enjoy strong, friendly relations. We believe our friends in China will always prefer to maintain state-to-state relations," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Ahmad Shakib Mustaghani told the Voice of America. "We believe China will not provide a platform to those groups that are responsible for the killing of the people of Afghanistan."

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A group of Taliban negotiators, led by senior leader Abbas Stanakzai, visited China from July 18 to 22. Stanakzai is the head of the Taliban's political office based in Qatar.

The radical Islamist outfit on Saturday confirmed the visit saying that their delegation to China deliberated on the prevailing situation in the Afghanistan and informed the Chinese government about the 'occupation' by invading forces and their 'atrocities' against the Afghan people.

"We have good terms with different countries of the world, and China is one among them," a senior Taliban functionary told Pakistan's Dawn newspaper. "We wanted the Chinese leadership to help us raise these issues on world forums and help us get freedom from occupying forces."

China, on the other hand, is yet to confirm the visit and the details of the meeting between Taliban leaders and Chinese officials.  

The Afghan-based insurgent group recently declined to continue peace talks with negotiators from the Quadrilateral Coordination Group consisting of United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and China. 

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