China and Pakistan called for the release of Afghanistan’s Bank assets to help improve the humanitarian situation in the country which has deteriorated after the withdrawal of international forces in August.
Chinese President Xi Jinping met with visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, where both the leaders discussed issues related to Afghanistan and stressed the urgency of providing enhanced international aid to help it avert a looming humanitarian crisis in the country.
Khan visited China for four days where he is among other foreign leaders invited to witness Friday’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.
In a joint statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, the two leaders agreed that a peaceful, stable, united, safe, and secure Afghanistan is fundamental for prosperity and progress in the region.
Xi and Khan also expressed satisfaction with the outcome of two Foreign Ministers’ meetings of the six neighboring countries in Afghanistan and looked forward to its next meeting to be held in China, it added.
The two sides also expressed eagerness to discuss with Afghanistan the holding of the China-Pakistan-Afghanistan Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Dialogue.
The two presidents also underscored the need to expedite humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and its people and called upon the international community to provide continued and enhanced assistance and support to Afghanistan including through unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets,” the statement added.
Xi and Khan also expressed readiness to discuss with Afghanistan the extension of China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor (CPEC) to Afghanistan and vowed to continue their close cooperation on Afghanistan in the future.
Following the collapse of the former Afghan government, over $9 billion in assets of Afghanistan’s Central Bank were frozen in Europe and the US.
Afghanistan at the moment is facing a humanitarian crisis where over half of the population is in dire need of help due to economic problems.
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