Photo: Abdul Qahar Balkhi via Twitter

Chinese ambassador meets Taliban’s foreign minister to strengthen bilateral relations

The Chinese ambassador to Afghanistan, Wang Yu, met with the Taliban’s Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, on Monday in Kabul to discuss bilateral issues and strengthen mutual relations.

Abdul Qahar Balkhi, the Taliban’s foreign ministry spokesperson, said in a tweet that the meeting focused on key political and economic issues, and on furthering ties between the two countries.

“The meeting focused on political and economic issues, with both sides stressing the need to enhance relations between relevant departments to follow up and expedite political and economic issues,” Balkhi said.

Since the Taliban takeover in August 2021, China has actively engaged with the Taliban offering economic investments.

China has been looking to secure major investments in Afghanistan, particularly in the country’s mineral-rich resources.

In April, China offered the Taliban to invest $10 billion in lithium deposits, and earlier this year, China signed a $540 million oil deal with the Taliban.