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Japan-China Propose Secured Function for Afghan

September 9, 2021

Following the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Kabul last month, China, Germany, and Japan gave the Taliban’s provisional government in Afghanistan a lukewarm welcome on Wednesday. Taliban leaders occupied all of the top positions on Tuesday’s government list, which included no outsiders or women, while an associate of the group’s founder was named prime minister and the interior minister was on a US wanted list. The new government’s structure contradicts world powers’ advice to the Taliban for an inclusive government to back up its promises of a more peaceful approach that upholds human rights if it sought peace and development. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas expressed concern about the composition of the government, saying there was little reason to be optimistic about the situation in Afghanistan.

“The official statement of an interim government without the participation of other groups as well as yesterday’s violence against demonstrators and journalists in Kabul, are not signs of hope,” he said. Afghans who had made significant progress in education and civil liberties during the 20-year US-backed government remain fearful of Taliban intentions, and daily protests have continued since the Taliban took over.

On the other hand, Maas stated that Germany was willing to continue talks with the Taliban in order to allow more people to leave the country, which was suffering from food shortages and a halt in international payments. China, which shares a border with Afghanistan, had persuaded the formation of an “open and inclusive” government following the Taliban’s takeover of power, due to the chaos caused by the withdrawal of US troops. According to a foreign ministry spokesperson in Beijing on Wednesday, China sees the formation of the new government as a necessary step toward Afghanistan’s reconstruction.

“We hope that the new Afghan officials will listen to people of all races and groups in order to meet the desires of its own people as well as the demands of the international community,” Wang Wenbin said at a daily briefing. In response to a question about whether Beijing would realize the new government, Wang stated that China was ready to maintain communication with its leaders. In Tokyo, a top official said Japan was monitoring the Taliban’s actions and would continue to cooperate with the US and other countries, while also expressing concern about the safety of Afghan citizens.

“Through numerous initiatives, including practical dialogue with the Taliban, we are doing everything possible to protect the protection of Japanese nationals and remaining local staff,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato. He also promised to help Japanese citizens who wanted to leave the South Asian country. According to the UN, basic services are deteriorating in Afghanistan, with food and other aid on the verge of running out. This year, more than 500,000 people have been internally displaced in Afghanistan.

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