Representatives from China, Pakistan, Iran, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan met in Tunxi in eastern China to discuss the future of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan.
Peace in the region is critical for the success of major Chinese projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. President Xi Jinping sent a message to the group urging cooperation stating, “Afghanistan’s neighbors should do their best to build consensus and coordinate with each other to support the Afghan people in creating a bright future.”
Since the Taliban took over Afghanistan last August, it has not been recognized by any country. Afghan assets also remain frozen contributing to a worsening humanitarian crisis. The United Nations is now seeking $4.4 billion in aid. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says it’s “the world’s largest appeal for a single country.”
Joining the discussion:
- Sayed Fahim Sadat is the Head of the Department of Masters in International Relations at Kardan University.
- Anton Fedyashin is a Professor of History at American University.
- Ahmad Shah Mohibi is the Founder and President of Rise to Peace.
- Victor Gao is the Chair Professor at Soochow University.
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) March 31, 2022
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated alarmingly in past months.
9 million people are at risk of famine. The economy has effectively collapsed.
I call on donors to fund our appeal urgently so that the UN & partners can continue to deliver lifesaving aid.
— António Guterres (@antonioguterres) March 31, 2022
The hunger crisis in #Afghanistan continues.
Over half the population needs emergency food assistance & 3 million children are at risk of acute malnutrition.
WFP has now reached 14 million Afghans this year, but funding is still needed to reach all those who require assistance. pic.twitter.com/FxU94JCRdU
— World Food Programme (@WFP) March 31, 2022