Ambassador Zahir Tanin, Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations and Chair of the intergovernmental negotiations on Security Council reform, arrived in Beijing on Tuesday, 4 May for a five-day official visit at the invitation of the People’s Republic of China. Ambassador Tanin was welcomed in Beijing, where he spent some time visiting historical and cultural sites, including the Great Wall of China, before traveling on to Shanghai where he visited the 2010 Shanghai Expo which opened last week.
Ambassador Tanin was received by Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi for a one-and-a-half-hour breakfast meeting at the Regent Hotel in Beijing on Friday, 7 May. The discussion touched on the bilateral relations between Afghanistan and China, the situation in the region, and also the negotiations on Security Council reform which Ambassador Tanin has chaired for the past two years.
In addition to his meeting with the Foreign Minister, Ambassador Tanin met on Thursday, 6 May with the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Liu Zhenmin, as well as deputy director general Mr. Li Junhua. The meeting was followed by a dinner in Ambassador Tanin’s honor.
While in Beijing, Ambassador Tanin also gave a presentation to the Chinese Institute of International Studies on global governance and Security Council reform.