The Beijing talks, which were to be held next week, were postponed, according to officials familiar with the talks. Speaking on condition they not be identified because of the sensitivity of the talks, they said the postponement would be brief but no new date was given.
The reason why the meeting had been postponed is not clear, but the Afghan State Ministry for Peace had announced that Kabul stresses on having the main role in the peace process.
Taliban delegation led by Mullah Baradar, deputy head of the Taliban group accepted China’s invitation to attend the meeting.
Afghan presidential spokesperson Sediq Sediqqi said Friday that “the Afghan government will share the list of the Afghan participants with the Chinese government at an “appropriate” time.”
The meeting postponed at a time when representatives of Russia, China, and Pakistan called on the US and Taliban to restart peace negotiations.
Friday’s statement called for a reduction in violence.