Taliban spokesperson Suhail Shaheen said that there is ‘nothing wrong’ in China helping Afghanistan under the Belt and Road Initiative. The statement comes as the Chinese side has agreed to cooperate with the Taliban. “Some of India’s concerns aren’t appropriate, neither are they plausible,” Suhail added.
Suhail was answering the question where he was asked that cooperation under the BRI is a cause for concern for India. He said that the Taliban is working with other countries keeping in mind the interest of their people. “It is important for us that every relationship we form with other countries is based on our mutual self-interests in order for it to be a win-win situation. This is our policy,” he added.
He stated that China has come forward to help them rebuild Afghanistan. “What is wrong with that? They, rather than us, should reconsider their position,” the Taliban spokesperson said. He also mentioned that Afghanistan is looking forward to receiving delegations from China and Russia in near future.
Furthermore, the insurgent group termed China as their ‘most important’ partner, while China is also extending support to Afghanistan. In addition, the Taliban have assured that they will never be a threat to China. Reportedly, China is eyeing to capture the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan which used to be a US base before.