Taliban hold diplomatic meetings with Britain, Germany, China
Taliban hold diplomatic meetings with Britain, Germany and China while Qatar and Turkey are helping the new Afghan government to restore and operationalize Kabul airport.
Deputy Director of Taliban political office Abdul Salam Hanafi held a telephone conversation with Deputy Foreign Minister of China Wu Jianghao and discussed the ongoing situation of the country and future relations.
Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said China would maintain its embassy in Kabul and their relations would beef up as compared to the past. “Afghanistan can play an important role in security and development of the region. (While) China will also continue and increase its humanitarian assistance especially for treatment of covid-19,” he tweeted.
As Taliban hold different meetings, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters in Ankara that security and other conditions would need to be met for commercial flights at Kabul airport.
Sher M. Abbas Stanikzai, Deputy Director, Political Office (PO) and his accompanying delegation met with Markus Potzel, German Ambassador to Afghanistan. Both sides discussed the ongoing situation of the country, rehabilitation of the airport and issues related to economic development and humanitarian assistance.
The German delegation emphasized on boosting and continuing their humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan which was appreciated by PO delegation.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said Germany is ready to resume a diplomatic presence in Kabul if the Taliban meet certain conditions.
Whereas, Abbas Stanikzai also met with Simon Gass, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of UK and his delegation in Doha. The UK delegation reiterated that they had already increased their humanitarian assistance and was ready to cooperate with IEA in future as well.
Meanwhile, the United States has allowed its financial institutions to process personal remittances to Afghanistan.
In a statement, a Treasury Department spokesperson said the decision to allow money transfers could provide some relief for the Afghan economy, which is nearing collapse. The United States and other countries had announced to freeze some nine billion US dollars after the Taliban takeover on 15th of last month.