Conflicts & War

China urges all parties to ‘actively’ guide Taliban

Beijing, Aug 30 (EFE).- China has called for “all parties to make contact with the Taliban and guide it actively” during the first telephone conversation between the Chinese and United States heads of diplomacy since the deadly suicide bombings in Afghanistan last week.

“The United States, in particular, needs to work with the international community to provide Afghanistan with urgently-needed economic, livelihood and humanitarian assistance, help the new Afghan political structure maintain normal operation of government institutions, maintain social security and stability, curb currency devaluation and inflation, and embark on the path of peaceful reconstruction at an early date,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday night, Beijing time, according to a statement released by the ministry Monday.

However, Wang said that for Beijing to engage with Washington, the latter should “stop blindly smearing and attacking China, and stop undermining China’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” and urged the US to “stop politicizing the Covid-19 origins tracing.”

“Any action to be taken by the UNSC (UN Security Council) should contribute to easing tensions instead of exacerbating them, and contribute to a smooth transition of the situation in Afghanistan rather than a return to turmoil,” Wang said.

The US “should take concrete actions to help Afghanistan combat terrorism and violence, rather than practicing double standards or selectively fighting terrorism,” he added.

Wang also did not miss the opportunity to blame the US for the chaos in Afghanistan.

“Facts have proved again that the Afghanistan war never achieved the goal of eliminating terrorist forces in Afghanistan,” he said.

According to the Chinese foreign minister, the “hasty withdrawal of the US and NATO troops is likely to offer an opportunity to various terrorist groups in Afghanistan to resurge.”

In a statement published on its website on Sunday, the US Department of State indicated that the conversation between Wang and Blinken revolved around “the importance of the international community holding the Taliban accountable for the public commitments they have made regarding the safe passage and freedom to travel for Afghans and foreign nationals.”

Blinken also said on Twitter that he spoke with Wang about “efforts to support the safe passage and freedom to travel for Afghans and foreign nationals.” EFE


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