Ahead of the Tuesday deadline for the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed yesterday the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan which has been under the spell of attacks and counter attacks in recent days. During the telephonic conversation held at the US request, Mr Wang told that the Afghanistan situation has undergone fundamental changes and it is necessary for all parties to make contact with the Taliban and guide it actively. In his second phone conversation with Mr Blinken in two weeks, Mr Wang said that the US, in particular, needs to work with the international community to provide Afghanistan with urgently needed economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance and help the new Afghan political structure maintain normal operation of government institutions and maintain social security and stability.
Amidst chaotic airlifts of Afghan civilians and diplomats by the US and NATO countries before the 31st August deadline, Mr Wang warned that the hasty withdrawal of international troops could allow terrorist groups to regroup and come back stronger. They also discussed bilateral ties which were riddled with tensions over a host of issues.
According to a Chinese Foreign Ministry statement, Mr Blinken told that Washington believes that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) should speak in a clear and unified voice to show that the international community expects the Taliban to ensure the safe evacuation of foreign citizens in the aftermath of the US withdrawal. Mr Blinken added that the UNSC should also be unified in telling the Taliban to guarantee that Afghan territory cannot become a hotbed of terrorist attacks or a safe haven for terrorism.