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Chinese FM calls Taliban, seeks cooperation and safety of workers

Assures, 'China does not interfere in Afghanistan's internal affairs....'

Beijing: Continuing their efforts to woo India’s neighbors with financing and other supports, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang called up Taliban leader Amir Khan Muttaqi. Both sides pledged to strengthen cooperation and vowed to combat terrorism according to diplomatic sources from Beijing.
Chinese FM told Afghan FM Muttaqi that China attaches great importance to the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Afghanistan as the Spring Festival approaches, hoping that the Afghan side will take strong measures to ensure their safety. He said that Afghanistan prohibits any forces from using its territory for activities that sabotage the Afghanistan-China friendship and undermine China’s interests.
The country will resolutely combat all forms of terrorism and take strong measures to ensure the safety of Chinese personnel and institutions in Afghanistan, he is reported to have told his Chinese counterpart.
Qin said China highly values developing good-neighborliness, friendship and cooperation with Afghanistan, and always respects its independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, the independent choices made by the Afghan people and their religious beliefs and ethnic customs.
“China does not interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, nor does it seek self-interest or a sphere of influence in Afghanistan,” he said.
Qin said China supports the Taliban in building an inclusive and broad-based political structure, implementing moderate and sound domestic and foreign policies, combating terrorism in all its forms and forging friendly relations with all countries, especially its neighbors.
China sympathizes with the Afghan people over their suffering and stands ready to provide more assistance to Afghanistan’s economic and social development and the improvement of people’s livelihood, he said. (UNI XINHUA)

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