Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu on Thursday met with a senior Taliban leader to stress that China is willing to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and help it realize economic reconstruction and independent development. Wang also urged the US and other West countries to lift sanctions placed on Afghanistan.
In a meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the acting deputy prime minister of Afghan Taliban’s interim government, Wang said that China has never interferes in Afghanistan’s internal affairs to seek selfish gains. Instead, China firmly pursues a friendly policy for all Afghan people and supports Afghanistan’s efforts for stability and reconstruction.
Baradar said he has visited China many times and met with Chinese leaders as well. He said Afghanistan sincerely thanks China for upholding fairness and justice and providing a large amount of aid materials needed by the Afghan people to help them tide over the current difficulties.
Afghanistan is committed to promoting friendly bilateral relations, advancing cooperation in various fields and jointly safeguarding security and stability of the two countries and the region, Baradar said.
In October 2021, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Baradar in Doha, Qatar, and noted China always respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and supports the Afghan people to independently decide their country’s destiny and choose their own development path.
After the meeting, batches of emergency humanitarian supplies from China arrived in Afghanistan, delivering a large amount of much needed food, winter supplies and medical goods to the Afghan people.
The ambassador said that China attaches great importance to the humanitarian difficulties in Afghanistan, urges the US and the West to lift sanctions, and calls on all parties to engage with Afghanistan in a rational and pragmatic way so as to help Afghanistan embark on a sound development path.
China will continue to provide humanitarian material assistance within its capacity and work with the international community to help Afghanistan ease temporary difficulties and realize economic reconstruction and independent development, Wang said.
China always believes that humanitarian assistance should not be subject to any conditions or sanctions under any circumstances. Besides, China calls on the international community to step up assistance to Afghanistan, the ambassador said.