taliban: China backs Taliban’s demand to US to unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets – Times of India

BEIJING: China on Wednesday supported the Taliban‘s demand that the US ought to unfreeze Afghanistan‘s assets and stated that America has no authentic causes to achieve this because the Chinese envoy to Kabul referred to as on performing Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi and congratulated the interim authorities.
According to reviews from Washington, the US has frozen about $9.5 billion in assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central financial institution and stopped shipments of money to Kabul, in a bid to preserve the Taliban authorities from accessing the cash.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian advised reporters right here that the US has no authentic causes to freeze Afghanistan’s assets.
Asked concerning the Taliban’s demand that the US ought to unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets stating that they belong to the individuals of Afghanistan and the interim authorities will take a authorized motion attainable to get the funds launched, Zhao stated: “I think that the (Taliban’s) spokesperson is right”.
“These assets belong to the Afghan people.
“They (the US) should respond to the legitimate requests of the Afghan people and stop the wrong practice of sanctions and stop making obstacles for Afghanistan’s peace and reconstruction,” he stated.
After the Taliban’s seizure of energy in Afghanistan final month, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank halted their assist to the struggle-torn nation which largely relies upon upon the stream of overseas funds.
According to reviews from Kabul, Afghanistan’s economic system is close to collapse even because the United Nations has made hectic efforts to galvanise world efforts to rush meals and important provides.
Meanwhile, in a significant enhance to the Taliban’s fledgling interim authorities which struggled to acquire worldwide recognition because it primarily includes the Taliban leaders, opposite to its promise of forming an inclusive authorities, China’s Ambassador in Kabul Wang Yu met performing Afghan Foreign Minister Muttaqi on Tuesday.
“This afternoon, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with the Ambassador of the neighboring China Wang Yu in Kabul,” Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem stated in a tweet, including that the Chinese ambassador “congratulated the brand new Afghan authorities”.
Wang also promised that “China will proceed its humanitarian, financial and political cooperation with Afghanistan,” Russia’s official news agency TASS quoted Naeem as saying.
“Muttaqi thanked China for its help,” Naeem said.
Reports from Kabul said Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kabul, Mansoor Ahmad Khan has also met Muttaqi.
China along with Pakistan and Russia have kept their embassies open in Kabul.
Wang, in his meeting with Muttaqi, appreciated the efforts of the Afghan side to ensure the safety of Chinese citizens, China’s state-run CGTN-TV reported.
He said China respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and supports the Afghan people to choose their own development path.
Asked for his reaction to the Chinese Ambassador’s meeting with Muttaqi, spokesman Zhao said: “I can tell you that China’s Embassy in Afghanistan is operating normally. We stand ready to maintain communication with the new government in Afghanistan”.
China, which earlier urged the Taliban to form an open, inclusive and moderate government, defended the Taliban’s interim government as a “necessary step” to restore order and “end anarchy”.
Since the Taliban came to power, China has been asking it to make a clean break from terrorist groups and especially not to permit the Uygur militant group from Xinjiang, the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM).
Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen told China’s state-run Global Times on September 10, since the Taliban came to power, the ETIM militants have left Afghanistan. He did not specify where they fled.
China says the ETIM is an al-Qaida backed militant group fighting for the independence of the volatile Xinjiang province.
China’s state-run Xinhua news agency on Wednesday reported that Taliban intelligence chief in Afghanistan’s northern Kunduz province Hajji Najibullah Haron has said that reports about the presence of militants affiliated with the Islamic State (ISIS) group are baseless and fabricated.
“Lasting peace has returned to Kunduz province and persons are dwelling in peace there and any report concerning the presence of Daesh (Islamic State) militants in Kunduz is totally baseless,” Haron told reporters on Wednesday.
Afghanistan will not allow anyone to sabotage peace and security in Kunduz or any other parts of the country, he added.

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