China on Wednesday announced USD 31 million in aid to Afghanistan. For the first time since the Taliban seized power in Kabul, financial aid has been announced openly from any country. China backed the Afghan terrorist group’s interim government, saying it was an “essential step” to restore order and “end anarchy”.
According to local media, while attending the first meeting of foreign ministers of neighboring countries on Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China would provide Afghanistan 200 million yuan (31 million USD) worth of food grains, winter supplies, vaccines and their needs. Will provide medicines accordingly.
The foreign ministers of Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan also participated in this meeting called by Pakistan, all of which are neighboring countries of Afghanistan. Russia was not in the meeting organized by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Wang said that China has decided to donate 3 million doses of the vaccine to Afghan people in the first batch. China is also ready to provide more anti-epidemic and emergency goods to Afghanistan under the emergency supply storage of China-South Asian countries.
Wang said China would work closely with countries in the region to help Afghanistan rebuild its economy and society, as well as fight terrorist groups and the illegal drug trade.
The Taliban on Tuesday announced a tough interim government led by Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, with high-profile members of the insurgent group playing a key role, including the dreaded Haqqani network as interior minister and the US as the most Wanted terrorist has been selected.
Earlier, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a media briefing here, “China attaches importance to the announcement of the formation of an interim government of the Afghan Taliban and certain important roles.”
Responding to a question on the formation of the interim government, he said, “It has ended more than three weeks of anarchy in Afghanistan and has helped Afghanistan to restore domestic order and advance post-war reconstruction.” This is an important step for him.”
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