The East Turkestan Islamic Movement [ETIM] was also brought up during the latest meeting between China and the Taliban.
China promised to stand with Afghanistan and work with the international community to rebuild the country following decades of war, Xinhua news agency reported.
This came during a meeting between China’s Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi and a delegation from the interim Taliban-led Afghan government, led by Acting Deputy Prime Minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, in Qatar on Monday.
“China always respects Afghanistan’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, and supports the Afghan people to independently determine their own destiny and choose the development path”, said Wang.
Wang will also meet with Afghanistan’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi in Doha.
The Chinese diplomat said Afghanistan is currently at a “critical stage” as it undergoes a political transition while grappling with a humanitarian and economic crisis caused by decades of war and drought.
Furthermore, the diplomat called on the US and the west to lift sanctions on Taliban members while urging parties to engage with the new acting government to pave the way for a healthy development of Afghanistan.
The announcement of the Taliban’s new administration in September was met with global criticism as it solely comprises of its own members and loyalists, including the Haqqani network.
Among the names are Interior Minister Sirrajudin Haqqani and the Acting Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, both of whom have been declared terrorists by the United States and the United Nations.
The US accuses the Haqqani movement of engaging in attacks on US forces in Afghanistan during the two-decade long war.
The Joe Biden administration also froze billions of dollars in Afghanistan government reserves in US bank accounts to block the Taliban from accessing funds belonging to the Afghan Central Bank.
Commenting on recent developments in Afghanistan, Baradar said the current situation remains under control.
The Taliban promises to take “inclusive measures” to ensure equal representation in its administration, Baradar added, noting the movement is willing to protect the rights and interests of women and children without depriving them of their right to work and education.
According to the Taliban official, women in medical institutions, airport and other places are back at work, and girls at primary and secondary levels across several provinces have returned to schools following months of disruption.
However, Baradar said women and girls continue to face difficulties due to a lack of facilities and funds.
In an extraordinary G20 meeting earlier this month, Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said the international community bears a responsibility to support Afghanistan, calling for dialogue rather than isolation.
As countries continue to isolate Afghanistan due to its new government, Sheikh Tamim said this “has proven that isolation leads to polarisation of positions, sharp reactions” noting a solution through dialogue is essential.