Beijing/Tianjin: A Taliban delegation led by Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar made a surprise visit to China on Wednesday and held talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. During the talks, the Taliban described Beijing as a “trusted friend” and assured that the group would not allow “anyone to use the territory of Afghanistan”. This is the first meeting between the Taliban and China since the withdrawal of US and NATO forces from Afghanistan. The Taliban have taken control of much of the territory occupied by government forces, prompting China to worry that the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), a Uyghur militant group from its volatile Xinjiang province, may infiltrate through the Afghan border.
Qureshi met Wang on July 25
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian confirmed at a media briefing that a delegation led by Baradar met Wang in the port city of Tianjin, near Beijing. The ministry also shared on social media photographs of Wang’s meeting with Baradar and his delegation. A few days before this meeting, on July 25, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met Wang in the city of Chengdu and both countries announced that Pakistan and China would take “joint action” to drive out terrorist forces in Afghanistan. plan to start.
‘Taliban can draw line between itself and ETIM’
During Wednesday’s talks, Wang expressed hope that the Taliban could draw a line between themselves and ETIM, Zhao read a press release issued after Wang and Baradar’s meeting. A recent UN report said hundreds of ETIM fighters have gathered in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province, which borders China’s unstable Xinjiang province. Wang said that ETIM is a listed terrorist organization that poses a threat to territorial integrity. He expressed hope that the Taliban could draw a clear line between themselves and the ETIM. This will create a favorable situation for the elimination of terrorism. Baradar said, ‘China is a trusted friend.’
‘Taliban will ensure rights of women and children’
According to the release, “Baradar appreciated China’s impartial and positive role in the reconciliation process.” “Afghanistan will not allow anyone to use its territory for anything that undermines the interests of its people,” Baradar said without referring to ETIM. Afghanistan would like to build friendly relations with its neighbours. The Afghan Taliban would like to have more partners for future development and create a conducive environment for investment and make relevant efforts in this regard. Taliban will ensure the rights of women and children.
‘We do not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs’
“We respect the sovereignty and integrity of Afghanistan,” Wang said. We do not interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan. We follow a friendly policy towards the people of Afghanistan. He told Baradar that after the hasty departure of US and other NATO troops, the Afghan people have new opportunities for sustainable development of their own country. Describing Afghanistan as an important military power, Wang said China is ready to play a constructive role in Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process. (Language)