President Xi Accepts Taliban Ambassador to China

President Xi Accepts Taliban Ambassador to China


(Note: This article was written in collaboration with Sino Talk)

What to Know:

President Xi Jinping has formally accepted the first Taliban ambassador to China, Bilal Karimi, during a ceremony earlier today, illustrating the growing relationship between the two following the fall of Afghanistan.

The First Taliban Ambassador:

On December 1, China accepted Bilal Karimi, who previously worked as the deputy spokesman of the Taliban, as the first Taliban ambassador to China, marking the first country to do so as the two seek to strengthen political and economic ties.

At the time, Chinese Director-General of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Hong Lei called the meeting “an important step in the development of relations between China and Afghanistan. He said that China respects the national sovereignty of Afghanistan and the decisions of the people of Afghanistan,” according to Taliban Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi.

Balkhi added that “China wants to help Afghanistan in economic and infrastructure projects within the framework of One Road and One Belt (BRI).”

On January 30, President Xi, along with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, formally accepted Karimi during a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Balkhi stated “President Xi welcomed him as the Ambassador to China & wished him success in his tenure,” adding that “FM Wang Yi congratulated Mr. Karimi for presenting his letter of credence to the President of China.”

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