China and Taliban Discuss Humanitarian Aid and Economic Reconstruction

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Kabul – The Foreign Ministry of China says an economic meeting has been held between the country and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

On Friday, December 31, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said that Chinese officials and Zakir Jalali, a representative of the foreign ministry, had discussed issues including humanitarian aid and Afghanistan’s economic reconstruction.

According to him, the meeting was held to implement an agreement signed between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the first deputy prime minister of the Taliban in Doha last year.

The two sides discussed the current humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, economic reconstruction, and progress in China’s humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, as well as bilateral cooperation, he added.

According to GVS, the two sides have agreed to share their experiences in strengthening local governance.

Moreover, the Chinese side has expressed readiness to provide more humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people as well as the country’s economic reconstruction.

In addition, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has confirmed the news, saying that the head of the Political Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has discussed various issues online with the head of the Asian Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, including Afghanistan’s economic reconstruction and trade issues.

Meanwhile, China is one of the countries which has had a strong desire to establish ties with the Taliban since the takeover.