Extension of CPEC by linking it to Afghanistan is very important, says Zabihullah Mujahid
KABUL – The Taliban on Friday appreciated the longstanding contributions of Pakistan towards the people of Afghanistan, the neighbouring country passing through a crucial time following the end of 20-year-long war imposed by the US-led forces.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid while Pak-Afghan Youth Forum’s International Conference titled “Rebuilding Afghanistan Together” hoped that Pakistan will continue its assistance.
He hoped that Pakistan’s help to the Afghan nation will continue in terms of its peace efforts and increasing the bilateral trade and commerce.
He reiterated that there will be no threat to Pakistan from Afghanistan.
Mujahid said the extension of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) by linking it with Afghanistan is very important.
A day earlier, the Taliban spokesperson in an interview with an Italian newspaper said that China will be their “major partner” in efforts to rebuilt war-torn Afghanistan.
He said that China is ready to make the investment in Afghanistan and help rebuild Afghanistan.
He clearly stated the Taliban value China’s Belt and Road Initiative as the multi-billion dollar project will revive the ancient Silk Road.
Mujahid said that China is also a “passport” for Afghanistan to reach international markets, adding that the neighbouring country will help them to utilize its rich copper resources.
Calling Russian an important partner in the region, he said that Kabul will maintain good relations with Moscow.
The Taliban spokesperson said that Turkey and Qatar are helping them in resumption of flight operation at the Kabul airport.
“The airport should be clean within the next three days and will be rebuilt in a short time. I hope it will be operational again in September,” he said.
The Taliban took control of Afghanistan on Aug. 15, ousting West-backed President Ashraf Ghani’s government.