Taliban Says China Gives $15 Million in Aid

The Taliban said China congratulated the establishment of a new interim Afghan government and pledged $15 million in aid.

“Interim Foreign Minister of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with Chinese Ambassador Wang Yu in Kabul,” Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem posted on Twitter on September 14, adding that the Chinese ambassador had sent a message. Congratulations to the new Afghan government.

According to spokesman Naeem, Chinese Ambassador Wang Yu pledged that the country would provide humanitarian aid worth $15 million and continue “humanitarian, economic and political cooperation with Afghanistan”.

Muttaqi thanked China for its support, adding that Afghanistan – China are neighbors and the development of bilateral relations will benefit both sides.

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu (left) and Afghanistan's Interim Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul on September 14.  Photo: Twitter/Dr.M.Naeem.

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Wang Yu (left) and Afghanistan’s interim Foreign Minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul on September 14. Photo: Twitter/Dr.M.Naeem.

China’s Permanent Representative to international organizations in Geneva, Chen Xu, previously announced that Beijing would donate about $31 million in food and medicine and three million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine to Afghanistan.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on September 8 that China is ready for dialogue with the interim Afghan government established by the Taliban.

“China attaches great importance to the Taliban’s announcement of the formation of a provisional government. This is a necessary step to restore order in the country and move towards post-war reconstruction,” Wang said.

The United Nations also convened an aid conference in Geneva with an effort to raise more than $600 million for Afghanistan in the face of a humanitarian crisis. The sudden halt by countries of billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan after the collapse of the old government further aggravated the country’s difficulties.

Ngoc Anh (Follow TASS)

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