Sunday, October 24, 2021

China congratulates new interim Taliban govt in Afghanistan

China has congratulated the new interim Taliban govt in Afghanistan in a major boost to the latter’s efforts to gain international recognition for its hardline government. Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in a tweet that China’s Ambassador in Kabul Wang Yu met acting Afghan Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi on Tuesday and “congratulated the new Afghan government”. Wang told Muttaqi, China respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and supports the Afghan people to choose their own development path. This is the second high profile meeting between China and the new interim Taliban government after the late August meeting between Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy head of the Taliban political committee and Ambassador Wang Yu in Kabul. China defended and welcomed the Taliban’s interim hardline government as a “necessary step” to restore order and “end anarchy”. Contrary to the Chinese approach, Leaders from other countries including Russia are adopting cautious approaches. Russia last week opted out of a meeting of countries sharing a border with Afghanistan which was convened by Pakistan.

As per Russian official news agency, Wang also promised that “China will continue its humanitarian, economic and political cooperation with Afghanistan” and hoped that a “broad and inclusive” political structure is being established in Afghanistan. The assurance from China comes on the same day Beijing said it will donate three million doses of Covid-19 vaccines to Afghanistan in the first batch with more emergency supplies to follow. The vaccines will be part of the $31 million worth of food, winter weather supplies, vaccines, and medicine that Beijing pledged to provide Kabul earlier this month. Wang, in his meeting with Muttaqi, appreciated the efforts of the Afghan side to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens, China’s state-run TV reported.

As per media reports, Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad Khan has also met Muttaqi. China along with Pakistan and Russia has kept their embassies open in Kabul. Asked for his reaction to the Chinese Ambassador’s meeting with Muttaqi, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Wednesday said that China’s Embassy in Afghanistan is operating normally, and China stands ready to maintain communication with the new government in Afghanistan.

China on Wednesday supported the Taliban’s demand that the US should unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets and said that America has no legitimate reasons to do so. According to media reports, the US has frozen about USD 9.5 billion in assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank and stopped shipments of cash to Kabul, in a bid to keep the Taliban government from accessing the money. China also supported the interim Taliban government’s stand that it will take possible legal action to get the funds released.

- Advertisement -
Latest news

Over 102 crore vaccine doses provided by centre to states, UTs so far

Government has said that more than 102 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. Union Health Ministry...

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expresses grief over loss of lives due to floods in Kerala

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to floods in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said,...

Five-day Naval Commander’s Conference begins today in New Delhi

The Navy’s top commanders will hold their biannual meeting today to discuss the force’s operational, logistical and material preparedness and future plans. Defence Minister...

National office bearers of BJP to meet in New Delhi today

BJP national office bearers will meet today at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party President JP Nadda has called the meeting of all...
Related news

Over 102 crore vaccine doses provided by centre to states, UTs so far

Government has said that more than 102 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. Union Health Ministry...

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expresses grief over loss of lives due to floods in Kerala

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to floods in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said,...

Five-day Naval Commander’s Conference begins today in New Delhi

The Navy’s top commanders will hold their biannual meeting today to discuss the force’s operational, logistical and material preparedness and future plans. Defence Minister...

National office bearers of BJP to meet in New Delhi today

BJP national office bearers will meet today at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party President JP Nadda has called the meeting of all...