The Chinese government says it is ready to deepen “friendly and cooperative” relations with Afghanistan, after the terror group, Taliban seized control of the country.
China Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Hua Chunying on Monday said that China ‘respects Afghan’s people’s rights’, becoming the first nation to recognise the Taliban’s Islamic Afghan government, AFP reported.
“The Taliban have repeatedly expressed their hope to develop good relations with China, and that they look forward to China’s participation in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan,” Hua said.
“We welcome this. China respects the right of the Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny and is willing to continue to develop… friendly and cooperative relations with Afghanistan.”
Hua called on the Taliban to “ensure a smooth transition” of power and keep its promises to negotiate the establishment of an “open and inclusive Islamic government”.
Meanwhile, China urged the terror group to ensure the safety of Afghan citizens and foreign missions — amid rush to evacuate its citizens from Afghanistan.
According to Hua, Chinese Embassy in Afghanistan remains operational. Most Chinese nationals had been arranged to return to China previously and some chose to stay.