Beijing, 31 January 2024(TDI): The President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, received the letter of credence of Mawlawi Asadullah, also known as Bilal Karimi, as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to China, in a ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People on Tuesday. President Xi welcomed the new Afghan Ambassador to China Asadullah and wished him success in his tenure.
He also expressed China’s willingness to deepen friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation with Afghanistan and to support the Afghan people in achieving peace, stability, and development.
Ambassador Asadullah thanked President Xi for accepting his credentials and conveyed the greetings and appreciation of the Taliban’s interim government.
He said that Afghanistan values its relations with China and hopes to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, especially in trade, investment, infrastructure, and counter-terrorism.
Ambassador Asadullah is the first Taliban diplomat who was sent from Kabul to assume a senior posting abroad.
His appointment marks a significant step towards more conventional diplomatic ties with China, which has not yet officially recognized the Taliban, but has normalized full diplomatic relations with the group more than any other country.
The Taliban authorities In Afghanistan announced that they seek recognition from other countries, especially Russia and Iran, and urged them to follow China’s example and interact with the interim government.
The United States and European countries have imposed economic and political sanctions on Taliban leaders and entities, accusing them of grave human rights violations, particularly concerning women’s rights to education and work.
The spokesperson from the Chinese ministry of Foreign Affairs said that China’s acceptance of the Afghan interim government’s envoy and his credentials is a regular diplomatic practice.
We urge the international community to increase their interaction with the interim gov, press it to address global issues and assist in Afghanistan’s rebuilding and progress.