Beijing: China has hoped that presidential elections in Afghanistan will mark a new start in the war-ravaged country and termed the elections as "generally smooth".
China`s Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said yesterday that China hopes Afghanistan`s presidential elections will be a new start for the country`s unity and stability.
As Afghanistan`s friendly neighbour, China respects the Afghan people` s choice, Hong said in a statement, noting that "China noticed the election is generally smooth."
China hopes relevant sides in Afghanistan will properly handle differences through dialogue so as to realise broad-based and inclusive peace and reconciliation at an early date, he said.
His comments came amid reports that yesterday`s polling for Afghanistan`s presidential election concluded with a wide participation of voters.