The Chinese president says that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization should guide Afghanistan to develop an inclusive political structure.
Chinese President Xi Jinping says the member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should help push for a smooth transition in Afghanistan, according to Chinese state media.
SCO member states should guide Afghanistan to develop an inclusive political structure and pursue moderate domestic and foreign policies, Xi said.
Xi addressed a meeting of SCO heads of state in Tajikistan via video link.
The SCO is made up of eight members: China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Afghanistan is an observer state in the group.
China shares a land border with Afghanistan, where the Taliban appointed a new government this month. The group regained control in August when US-led foreign forces ended their 20-year presence there.
Xi urged “relevant parties” in Afghanistan to eradicate “terrorism” and vowed to provide more aid to the war-torn nation, the state-run Xinhua news agency said.
Afghanistan should be guided to be more open and inclusive and pursue moderate domestic and foreign policies, Xi said, according to the agency.
“Certain countries” should assume their due responsibilities for Afghanistan’s future development as “instigators” of the situation, Xi added, in an apparent reference to the United States and its allies.
Experts say Afghanistan’s economy is in crisis and a humanitarian disaster is looming. Western nations have been reluctant to provide funds to the Taliban without guarantees that they will uphold human rights, especially those of women.
China, which has promised aid and doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Afghanistan, has said the United States and its allies have a duty to provide economic and humanitarian aid to the war-torn nation.
China is also known to be concerned about Uighurs in its western Xinjiang region, some of whom are reportedly based in Afghanistan.