Regional powers, including Iran and China, have blamed the US for amplifying the chaos in Afghanistan with a careless exit from a 20-year occupation war. Now they’re looking for a new kind of relationship with the Taliban that could stabilize the country after more than 40 years of war, Sputnik reports.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and Chinese President, Xi Jinping, agreed to cooperate on addressing security threats resulting from the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan earlier this month. Both nations have been extensively coordinating a regional response aimed at ensuring a stable government remains in power in Kabul and doesn’t pose a threat to its neighbours.
During their talk, Putin noted Russia and China shared common ground on the issue and could cooperate to “combat terrorism, cut off drug smuggling, prevent the spillover of security risks in Afghanistan, resist interference from external forces, and maintain regional security and stability”.
In turn, Xi told Putin that China “respects Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, pursues a policy of non-interference in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, and has always played a constructive role in the political settlement of the Afghan issue”.
According to the President, China is ready to continue the dialogue on Afghanistan with Russia and other members of the international community, as the country’s leadership intends “to establish a political framework for open and tolerant interaction with all interested parties in Afghanistan”.
As RT reminds, the conversation came one day after Taliban spokesman, Muhammad Naeem, told reporters that the Islamist group had close relations with the two countries.
“China is our neighbour, and we have good relations with it. The same applies to Russia,” he said.