Taliban say Afghanistan has enough security for big projects


ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban on Wednesday resumed major economic projects halted due to decades of war despite numerous attacks that have rocked the country since the group took power more than a year ago. He said there was enough security throughout Afghanistan to

The Taliban have struggled to transition from riots and wars to rule amid a recession and the international community withholding official recognition.

When the Taliban took control of Afghanistan in August 2021, foreign aid stopped. Governments around the world have imposed sanctions, suspended bank transfers and frozen billions more in Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves.

Taliban-appointed government spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Afghanistan has opportunities to connect with other countries in the region, and emphasized China as an important part of the country’s economic development.

“At the previous cabinet meeting, it was decided to build the Silk Road connecting Afghanistan and China. This historic road can play a major role in the country’s economy,” he said. I spoke at a seminar on sexuality. “This is a great opportunity, security is good, and it’s time to start major economic projects.”

In March of this year, Chinese President Xi Jinping expressed strong support for Afghanistan, highlighting Beijing’s ambition to play a leading role in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops.

At the same regional meeting, Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the United States to lift the freeze on Afghan assets held abroad and end sanctions against the government.

Taliban Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi said Afghanistan’s role in the connectivity of countries in the region is very important. “Afghanistan can play a big role in creating an important corridor. We want to connect with China through Badakhshan.”

Afghanistan’s geopolitical and geopolitical position could play a positive role in connecting the country with its neighbors within and outside the region, he added.

He reiterated the Taliban’s assurances that the group would not allow anyone to use Afghan soil to carry out attacks on other countries.

But the Taliban’s main rival, the militant group Islamic State, carried out a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan as part of a long-running insurgency, striking a blow to the Taliban, which has sought to project dominance and power since the takeover. rice field.

Targets include Taliban patrols and members of Afghanistan’s Shia minority.