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China welcomes new Afghan government, US, others kick

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (R) greets Afghan Foreign Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund in Islamabad August 25. Akhund arrived on Tuesday with an 18-member delegation for a four-day official visit to Pakistan, aimed at talks on bilateral issues and the Afghan Transit Trade to the land-locked Afghanistan through Pakistan. MP/DL

The Chinese government has welcomed the new government in Afghanistan, saying it signals the end of “three weeks of anarchy” as it called on the new interim government in Kabul, led by the Taliban to restore order in the country.

China has been scathing about the American withdrawal, which it criticised as ill-planned and hasty. On Wednesday it said the new government would help bring stability.

“China attaches great importance to the announcement by the Taliban of the establishment of an interim government and some important personnel arrangements,” said foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin at a press briefing.

“This has ended more than three weeks of anarchy in Afghanistan and is a necessary step to restore order and rebuild the country.”
While much of the world has adopted a wait-and-see approach to engagement with the Taliban, China has already said it is ready to build friendly relations with the group following their takeover.

Meanwhile, the US has expressed concerns over the ‘track record’ of people named to top posts in the Afghan new government, while UN agency decries exclusion of women from the government.

The Taliban on Tuesday announced an all-male caretaker government drawn exclusively from its inner echelons, including a man under United Nations sanctions as prime minister and another on the United States “terrorism” list as interior minister.

The names announced for the new government on Tuesday, three weeks after the Taliban swept to military victory as US-led foreign forces withdrew, gave no sign of an olive branch to its opponents.

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