China has pledged 200 million yuan (30.7 million dollars) in humanitarian help to Afghanistan, according to Beijing’s foreign ministry.
At a video conference with his counterparts from Afghanistan’s neighboring countries, Foreign Minister Wang Yi made the assurance.
China announced that it would send emergency aid to Afghanistan in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic, with an initial delivery of three million doses of COVID-19 vaccine planned.
According to the ministry, Wang Yi noted at Thursday’s conference that Afghanistan continues to face major obstacles such as humanitarian issues, people’s general well-being, and the pandemic.
The foreign ministers of Pakistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and the deputy foreign minister of Turkmenistan joined Wang at the video conference.
The Chinese minister said the neighbour nations wanted to help Afghanistan to come out of chaos, but he also called on the United States to meet its responsibilities after its withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Wang said the U.S. was more obliged than any other country to provide economic and humanitarian aid to support the Afghans, maintain stability and avoid chaos.
Governments around the world were weighing up whether to recognise the Taliban and reinstate aid on which the country depends.
Most aid was frozen after the Taliban took over the country.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) made an urgent appeal for more than 600 million dollars in aid for Afghanistan this week, saying basic services were collapsing and life-saving aid was about to run out.