Chinese envoy in Kabul meets Taliban's Foreign Minister; trade ties discussed

China’s ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu met with Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Motaqi and discussed bilateral relations, particularly matters related to trade, Afghan foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a tweet

Nov 08, 2021
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Chinese envoy in Kabul meets Taliban's Foreign Minister

China’s ambassador to Kabul Wang Yu met with Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Motaqi and discussed bilateral relations, particularly matters related to trade, Afghan foreign ministry spokesperson Abdul Qahar Balkhi said in a tweet. The Afghan-Chinese meeting which was focused on discussing bilateral relations between the two countries was held in the Afghan Foreign Ministry on Saturday, UNI news agency said. 

The two sides also discussed matters related to joint trade, especially the export of Afghan pine nuts to China. According to Khaama News, Abdul Qahar Balkhi in a Twitter post said the Chinese ambassador has pledged to facilitate urgent Chinese visas for Afghan traders.

The meeting on trade comes a few days after the first shipment of Afghan pine nuts was shipped to China this year.
The Islamic Emirate has described China as Afghanistan’s most important partner and pinned hopes on Chinese investment and support to rebuild the country.

Beijing has meanwhile made serious efforts to establish good relations with the new rulers of Afghanistan. The Taliban have also welcomed China's investments in the different sectors including mining.