China has congratulated the new interim Taliban govt in Afghanistan in a major boost to the latter’s efforts to gain international recognition for its hardline government.
Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem said in a tweet that China’s Ambassador in Kabul Wang Yu met acting Afghan Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi on Tuesday and “congratulated the new Afghan government”.
Wang told Muttaqi, China respects the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and supports the Afghan people to choose their own development path.
This is the second high profile meeting between China and the new interim Taliban government after the late August meeting between Abdul Salam Hanafi, the deputy head of the Taliban political committee and Ambassador Wang Yu in Kabul.
China defended and welcomed the Taliban’s interim hardline government as a “necessary step” to restore order and “end anarchy”. Contrary to the Chinese approach, Leaders from other countries including Russia are adopting cautious approaches.
Russia last week opted out of a meeting of countries sharing a border with Afghanistan which was convened by Pakistan.