Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanifi, the deputy head of the Taliban’s political bureau, met with China’s ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu on Monday, a Taliban spokesman said.
“Mawlawi Abdul Salam Hanifi, deputy head of the Taliban’s political bureau, met with the Chinese ambassador in Kabul on Monday and discussed bilateral issues, Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said, adding that the ambassador promised China’s continued humanitarian assistance,” tweeted Tolo News.
China on Monday reiterated its stance on the Afghan issue, expressing its “support” for Afghanistan in forming an open, inclusive and broadly representative government, Global Times reported.
Chinese state media reported in a routine press conference that Wang Wenbin, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said China’s stance on the Afghan issue is consistent and clear.
“We always respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and support the Afghan people to independently choose a development path that suits their national circumstances,” he added.
“We also support Afghanistan in forming an open, inclusive and broadly representative government, pursuing moderate and prudent domestic and foreign policies, fighting resolutely against all kinds of terrorist forces and developing friendly relations with other countries, especially with the neighboring countries,” Wang said.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said at a news conference on Monday that the Afghan Taliban expressed hopes for cooperation with China in many areas, including economy, trade and infrastructure construction, including irrigation and electricity projects, natural gas pipelines, Global Times reported.
Mujahid also said that the war in Afghanistan is over and an announcement about the formation of the new government will be made in the coming days.
According to Chinese state media, “Mujahid said the Taliban wants to establish good relations with the world and China is an important part of that. China is a major economic power and Afghanistan needs its support for reconstruction and development.”
Earlier today, the Taliban announced that Panjshir is the last Afghan province under Taliban control. However, resistance forces immediately rejected the claim
Citing Tolo News, Chinese state media reported that the Taliban had invited Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, Russia, China and Iran to attend the new government formation ceremony.