China will be our main partner, say Taliban

China will be the Taliban’s “main partner” and help rebuild Afghanistan, according to a spokesperson for the group.

China will be the Taliban’s “main partner” and will help rebuild Afghanistan, according to a spokesperson for the group.

“China will be our main partner and represents a great opportunity for us because it is ready to invest in our country and support reconstruction efforts,” Zabihullah Mujahid said in an interview published by Italian newspaper La Repubblica Wednesday.

He said the Taliban value China’s Belt and Road Initiative as the project “will revive the ancient Silk Road.”

He said China will also help Afghanistan fully utilize its rich copper resources and give the country a path into global markets.

The Taliban also view Russia as an important partner in the region and will maintain good relations with Moscow, he added.

“The airport should be clean within the next three days and will be rebuilt in a short time. I hope it will be operational again in September,” he said.

On relations with Italy, Mujahid said the Taliban hope Italy will recognize their government and reopen its embassy in Kabul.

Taliban have right to speak out in favor of Kashmir

A Taliban spokesperson told the BBC that the group had a right to speak out in favour of Muslims in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

“Today is a great day for the Afghan people and the mujahideen. They have witnessed the fruits of their efforts and their sacrifices for 20 years,” Mohammad Naeem, the spokesperson for the Taliban’s political office, told Qatar-based media outlet Al-Jazeera TV. “Thanks to God, the war is over in the country,” he said.


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