With the assistance of China, the Taliban will combat for an financial comeback in Afghanistan, Zabihullah Mujahid tells Italian newspaper.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid has advised an Italian newspaper that the group will rely primarily on financing from China following the withdrawal of overseas troops from Afghanistan and its takeover of the nation.
In his interview printed by La Repubblica on Thursday, Mujahid stated the Taliban will combat for an financial comeback with the assistance of China.
The Taliban seized management of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, on August 15 because the nation’s Western-backed authorities melted away, bringing an finish to 20 years of struggle amid fears of an financial collapse and widespread starvation.
Following the chaotic departure of overseas troops from Kabul airport in current weeks, Western states have severely restricted their support funds to Afghanistan.
“China is our most important partner and represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity for us, because it is ready to invest and rebuild our country,” the Taliban spokesperson was quoted as saying within the interview.
He stated the New Silk Road – an infrastructure initiative with which China needs to improve its international affect by opening up commerce routes – was held in excessive regard by the Taliban.
There are “rich copper mines in the country, which, thanks to the Chinese, can be put back into operation and modernised. In addition, China is our pass to markets all over the world.”
Mujahid additionally confirmed that ladies could be allowed to proceed learning at universities in future. He stated ladies would find a way to work as nurses, within the police or as assistants in ministries, however dominated out that there could be feminine ministers.
Afghanistan desperately wants cash, and the Taliban is unlikely to get swift entry to the roughly $10bn in belongings right here largely held overseas by the Afghan central financial institution.
Earlier this week, United Nations chief Antonio Guterres warned of a looming “humanitarian catastrophe” in Afghanistan and urged international locations to present emergency funding as extreme drought and struggle have compelled hundreds of households to flee their houses.
Guterres expressed his “grave concern at the deepening humanitarian and economic crisis in the country”, including that primary providers threatened to collapse “completely”.
“Now more than ever, Afghan children, women and men need the support and solidarity of the international community,” he stated in a press release on Tuesday as he pleaded for monetary help from nations.
“I urge all member states to dig deep for the people of Afghanistan in their darkest hour of need. I urge them to provide timely, flexible and comprehensive funding,” the UN secretary-general stated.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric stated the present $1.3bn UN humanitarian attraction for Afghanistan is simply 39 p.c funded.