China Pledges Support for Taliban in Afghanistan

China has pledged support for the Taliban’s role in Afghanistan’s reconstruction after a meeting with their delegation.

China’s pledge was made after Taliban’s chief negotiator and co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar met with Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern city of Tianjin.

“The Taliban in Afghanistan is a pivotal military and political force in the country, and will play an important role in the process of peace, reconciliation, and reconstruction there,” said Wang.

Wang however said that the Taliban cut off any connection with the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) which they blamed attacks in its Xinjiang region.

“Fighting ETIM is the common responsibility of the international community and I hope the Afghanistan Taliban will cut ties with terror groups such as ETIM. The Afghanistan Taliban can contribute to an effective crackdown against those groups and play an active role in regional stability and development,” said Wang. 

Naeem added that China will only help build peace in the region and that they would also not interfere in their internal affairs vice-versa. 

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