Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi demanded the rushing of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan without any delay. And want sanctions on Afghanistan lifted. The Minister said when addressing the G20 Foreign Ministers.
Beijing, Thursday (Sept 23) – China called the US to not use the frozen foreign exchange reserves of Afghan as a ‘bargaining chip’ in an attempt to exert political pressure on the uncompromising terrorist group.
Addressing the G20 Foreign Ministers via a video, a statement quote Minister Yi saying. “Humanitarian assistance is a task which brooks no delay. We should redouble efforts on and speed up the provision of assistance to Afghanistan, and in particular, lend the Afghan people a helping hand in time to address their most urgent needs,”
In his statement he outlined China’s decision to assist Afghan with 200-million-yuan ($31 million) aid, the aid was said to include three million vaccines.
In addition to that, The Chinese Minister also asked the US to release the Afghan frozen reserves in the country central bank.
In an attempt to keep the Taliban government from accessing money. The US has frozen about $9.5 billion assets belonging to Afghan’s central bank, and also stopped the shipping of cash the Kabul.
“The economic sanctions must be stopped. All kinds of unilateral sanctions or restrictions on Afghanistan should be lifted,” Wang asserted.
“Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves are its national assets, and should be owned by and used for the people, rather than being used as a bargaining chip to exert political pressure on Afghanistan,” he said.
He added that international financial institutions should also help provide great support for the Afghans. And assist the country to reduce poverty, and to develop sustainable livelihood and infrastructure projects.
A recent report outlined that Afghanistan’s economy is almost near collapse. Sadly, the United Nations effort to rush food and essential supplies to the country could not be sufficient.
“Both the symptoms and root causes of the refugee issue must be addressed. The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) countries should take the primary responsibility for solving the issue of Afghan refugees and migrants,” Wang said.
The special envoys of the three countries held talks with top Taliban officials in Kabul as well as former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, President of the Council for National Reconciliation under the previous government, during the past two days. – NDTV
The special envoys of the three countries held talks with top Taliban officials in Kabul as well as former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and Abdullah Abdullah, President of the Council for National Reconciliation under the previous government, during the past two days.
“First Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on the Afghan Issue among the Neighbouring Countries of Afghanistan and the Informal Meeting of Foreign Ministers of China, Russia, Pakistan and Iran on the Afghan Issue reached a consensus, sending a clear signal of creating a favourable external environment for the peaceful reconstruction of Afghanistan,” Wang said.
Also, the world community support the efforts of Afghanistan “eventually building a broad and inclusive political structure which respects the basic rights of minority groups, women and children, and pursues a foreign policy of peace advocating good neighbourliness with all countries, especially with neighbouring countries,” he said.
The counter-terrorism cooperation needs to be deepened, he added. “Afghanistan must earnestly honour its commitments by making a clean break with and resolutely fighting all kinds of international terrorist forces,” Wang said.
He said the international community should build a united front against terrorism, oppose double standards and selective counter-terrorism, and prevent Afghanistan from becoming a breeding ground and shelter for terrorism again.
“Afghanistan should make its administration more inclusive and predictable, and the international community should work in a down-to-earth manner to help Afghanistan accelerate reconstruction so as to fundamentally reduce the number of new refugees and migrants,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.
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