In April this year, US, China and Russia pressed the Taliban to hold talks with Afghan politicians and civilians, as an important step to end the 17-year conflict.
“The Taliban delegation led by head of the Qatar office and deputy chief on political affairs Abdul Ghani Baradar is in Beijing,” Mutmayen said.
“It seems that the Taliban leaders are making efforts to hold consultations and exchange their views with key stakeholders ahead of the next round. The visit is an indication that the 7th round is important,” he added.
When asked to confirm the news, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid told Arab News he was in the “process of collecting information.”
The Chinese visit comes just days ahead of the Taliban’s latest round of talks with the US in Qatar, as the two sides attempt to finalise the points on the table from the preceding six rounds.
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