China says willing to develop ‘friendly relations’ with Taliban; Russia to meet group in Kabul

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China has said that it is willing to develop ‘friendly relations’ with Afghanistan’s Taliban even as the armed group conquered Kabul on Sunday.

Meanwhile Russia’s ambassador to Afghanistan will meet with the Taliban in Kabul on Tuesday, foreign ministry official Zamir Kabulov said, AFP reported.

According to AFP Moscow will decide on recognising the new government based on its “conduct.

On Sunday, the Taliban raced closer to a complete military takeover of Afghanistan Sunday after capturing more major cities, leaving only the isolated capital Kabul for them to conquer.

The armed group took control of the key eastern city of Jalalabad on Sunday, just hours after seizing the northern anti-Taliban bastion of Mazar-i-Sharif — extending an astonishing rout of government forces and warlord militias achieved in just 10 days.

Speaking on the group’s victory, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the number two in the Taliban hierarchy, has said the“victory” in Afghanistan was “unexpectedly swift”.

Baradar, who heads the Taliban’s political bureau, said in a brief video statement on Sunday that the real test of governing would begin with meeting the expectations of Afghans and resolving their problems.

Al Jazeera quoted the spokesperson for Taliban’s political Mohammad Naeem saying that the group did not want to live in isolation and that the type and form of the new government in Afghanistan would be made clear soon.

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