China Calls on Taliban to Cut All Ties With Terrorists
What’s new: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on Afghanistan’s Taliban to “completely” cut ties with all terrorist forces, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), to help restore regional stability.
Wang made the remarks as he met a nine-member Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in the northern city of Tianjin on Wednesday, according to a statement released by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Wang said ETIM had “directly threatened China’s national security and territory integrity,” and hoped Taliban would “resolutely and effectively” crack down on terrorist forces to remove obstacles to regional security, stability and development. The Taliban are expected to “play an important role in the process of peaceful reconciliation and reconstruction in Afghanistan,” he said.
Baradar said that the Taliban would not allow any force to use Afghan territory to harm China, and welcomed the country’s participation in Afghanistan’s reconstruction, according to the statement.
The background: Earlier this month, Wang Yi called on Washington to guarantee a stable transition in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
In June, he put forward five ideas and propositions, which include maintaining intra-Afghan talks and bringing the Taliban back into the political mainstream.
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