Kabul: The Taliban, which is making great strides in US-backed Afghanistan, is getting closer to China. The nine-member Taliban delegation met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in the northern Chinese city of Tianjin. A Taliban spokesman said the two discussed peace and security issues in the country.
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said he had been assured that no force would be allowed to move from Afghan soil against China. The Taliban has said it will not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs and will help restore peace.
The Chinese Foreign Minister said he hoped the Taliban would play a key role in restoring peace and facilitating reconstruction in Afghanistan. China has also demanded that the Taliban take action against the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, which poses a threat to China’s national security. China said the group was active in the western city of Xinjiang.
The Taliban have arrived in China as part of an effort to gain international recognition in the wake of rising violence in Afghanistan. China, which shares a border with Afghanistan, is also concerned about security concerns following the withdrawal of US troops. The Taliban recently sent a delegation to Iran. The Taliban also held talks with Afghan government officials.
English Summary: “Won’t Allow Anyone To Use Afghan Soil Against China”: Taliban