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China will be our main partner: Taliban spokesperson

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According to a Taliban spokesperson, China will be Taliban’s “main partner” in rebuilding Afghanistan.

According to the Guardian, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban regime’s official spokesman, told an Italian newspaper that China will be “our main partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us as the Chinese government is ready to invest and rebuild our country.”

Mujahid told the Italian newspaper La Repubblica that the Taliban “care a lot about the ‘One Belt, One Road’ project. We own rich copper mines, which, thanks to the Chinese, will be modernised. Finally, China represents our ticket to the markets around the world.”

Mujahid had this to say about Beijing: “He is our main partner because he is willing to invest. We care very much about the Silk Road.”.

When asked about the Taliban’s relations with Russia, he told La Repubblica that relations with Moscow were “mainly political and economic. Russia continues to mediate for and with us in order to foster international peace.” Guardian reported.

Mujahid stated that the Kabul airport is fully under Taliban control but has been severely damaged.

He told the Italian publication that Qatar and Turkey are leading efforts to reopen the airport.

The Taliban have promised to allow any foreigners or Afghans left behind by the massive airlift that ended with the withdrawal of the last US troops on Monday, but Kabul airport remained closed on Thursday.

As the country’s chaos worsened and aid experts warned of impending economic collapse, the Taliban are expected to announce a new government in Afghanistan within hours.

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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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