Taliban rely on China for funding, says Zabihullah Mujahid

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Taliban rely on China for funding : La Repubblica quoted Mujahideen as saying that “China represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us as China is ready to invest and rebuild our country.”

Taliban rely on China for funding, says Zabihullah Mujahid

Amid fears of widespread famine and economic collapse in Afghanistan, the Taliban leadership hopes to rely on financial assistance from China, now that foreign forces have fled the country and taken over the group. In an interview published in an Italian newspaper on Thursday, Taliban spokesman Jabihullah Mujahid said the group sees China as a “most important partner” and relies primarily on financing from China.

La Repubblica quoted Mujahideen as saying that “China represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us as China is ready to invest and rebuild our country.”

Mujahid also said that the ‘One Belt One Road’, an infrastructure program was undertaken by China to open trade routes, was “highly respected by the Taliban”. “The country has rich copper mines, which, thanks to the Chinese, are back into operation and modernized. In addition, China is our pass to markets around the world,” Mujahid said in an interview.

Mujahid also confirmed that in the future women will be allowed to continue their education in universities. It was ruled out that women could work as nurses, assistants in the police or ministries, but that there would be women ministers in the new government.

Afghanistan was in turmoil after the United States and its NATO allies withdrew their troops from the country, ending a two-decade war. The Taliban seized power in the capital, Kabul, following the collapse of a US-backed government led by President Ashraf Ghani.

After the chaotic exit of foreign troops, mainly from the United States, Western nations severely limited their aid payments, which provoked fears of a major humanitarian crisis.

Earlier this week, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan, urging countries to provide emergency funding. Guterres has expressed grave concern over the escalating humanitarian and economic crisis in the country, threatening to “completely” collapse basic services in the war-torn country.

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