EU says Afghanistan at a crossroad; China ready for friendly relations with Taliban

Security and well-being of Afghan citizens and international security are at play, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, tweeted. Meanwhile, China's foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Beijing is ready to deepen "friendly and cooperative" relations with Afghanistan.

Iran PressAsia: "Following the latest developments in Afghanistan, and after intense contacts with partners in the past days and hours, I decided to convene an extraordinary VTC of EU Foreign Ministers FAC tomorrow afternoon for a first assessment,"  high representative of the EU for foreign affairs and security policy noted.

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Meanwhile, China is ready to deepen "friendly and cooperative" relations with Afghanistan, a China foreign ministry spokesperson said on Monday (Aug 16), after the Taliban seized control of the country.

Beijing has sought to maintain unofficial ties with the Taliban throughout the US' withdrawal from Afghanistan, which spurred an advance by the group across the country that saw them capture the capital Kabul on Sunday.

A tense calm set in in the capital, with most people hiding in their homes as the Taliban deployed fighters at major intersections.

Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital’s airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government. U.S. troops fired warning shots as they struggled to manage the chaotic evacuation.

The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan.


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