Extracts from the Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying’s Regular Press Conference on June 8, 2018
Q: On June 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban from June 12 to 20 as a way to implement a fatwa issued on June 4 by the Afghan Ulema Council. President Ghani in February proposed peace talks with the Taliban with no strings attached. What is your comment?
A: China commends this announcement by the Afghan government on having a temporary ceasefire with the Taliban. China never believes that military options will help solve the Afghan issue. We hope that all parties in Afghanistan could make concerted efforts to launch peace talks as soon as possible and commit themselves to peace and stability in Afghanistan. China firmly supports the “Afghan-led and Afghan-owned” reconciliation process and will continue to play a constructive role in that regard