Geopolitics

China, Russia, Pakistan and the Taliban agree to maintain constructive contacts

Seetao 2021.09.23
  • Afghanistan is the hub linking Central Asia and South Asia, as long as it can maintain stability and seek economic development

In August, the Afghan Taliban entered the capital Kabul, marking that the change of the Afghan regime is a foregone conclusion. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian stated at a regular press conference on September 22 that at the invitation of the Afghan Taliban (a banned organization in Russia), the special envoys of China, Russia, and Pakistan on Afghanistan visited Kabul. The three countries and the Taliban authorities Agree to maintain constructive contacts to promote peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the stable development of the region.

A reporter asked questions. According to reports, China, Russia, and Pakistan's special envoys on Afghanistan visited Kabul, contacted senior officials of the Afghan Interim Government, and met with former President Karzai and former Chairman of the High Commission for National Reconciliation Abdullah. Can China confirm and introduce the relevant situation?

Zhao Lijian said that at the invitation of the Afghan Taliban, Yue Xiaoyong, Special Envoy for Afghanistan Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Kabulov, Special Representative of the Russian President for Afghanistan, and Sadik, Special Representative of the Prime Minister of Pakistan for Afghanistan, visited Kabul from September 21 to 22 and met with them. Acting Prime Minister Hassan, Acting Foreign Minister Mutaki, Acting Finance Minister Badri and other senior officials. They conducted in-depth and constructive discussions on recent developments in Afghanistan, especially on inclusiveness, human rights, economic and humanitarian matters, the friendly relations between Afghanistan and foreign countries, especially neighboring countries, and the unity and territorial integrity of Afghanistan, and expressed their support. Fight terrorism and drug crimes.

The spokesperson said that the Taliban emphasized that they attach great importance to the relations between Afghanistan and China, Russia and Pakistan. The three countries have played a constructive and responsible role in consolidating peace and stability in Afghanistan. The three countries called on the international community to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan, and emphasized that the United States and its allies bear the primary responsibility for the economic and social reconstruction of Afghanistan, and should provide Afghanistan with urgently needed economic and people’s livelihood humanitarian assistance. The three countries and the Taliban authorities agreed to maintain constructive contacts to promote peace and prosperity in Afghanistan and the stable development of the region.

Zhao Lijian said that during the visit, the envoys also met with former Afghan President Karzai and former Chairman of the High Commission for National Reconciliation Abdullah to discuss the issue of promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan. During this visit, China stated that China pursues a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and has always played a constructive role in the political settlement of the Afghan issue. Afghanistan has reached an open and inclusive political arrangement, implemented a moderate and stable domestic and foreign policy, completely cut off from various terrorist organizations, and got along with neighboring countries in a friendly manner. Editor/Xu Shengpeng


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