Geng Shuang: Withdrawal from Afghanistan is not the end
Updated 14:45, 31-Aug-2021

On August 30, the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting and voted on the draft resolution on Afghanistan.

Geng Shuang, China's deputy permanent representative to the UN, said during the meeting that the recent chaos in Afghanistan is directly related to the hasty and disorderly withdrawal of foreign troops.

He hoped that relevant countries realize that withdrawal is not the end of responsibility, but the beginning of reflection and correction.

Geng said that they should learn the lesson and earnestly respect the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Afghanistan and the right of the Afghan people to independently determine their own future and destiny. Wantonly slapping sanctions and exerting pressure solves no problem and will only be counterproductive, he said.

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He also said the actions of foreign forces in Afghanistan in the past 20 years, including the criminal responsibility of the U.S. and Australian forces for the indiscriminate killing of civilians, must not be completely written off and must continue to be held accountable.

The U.S. military recent retaliatory attacks against ISIS in Afghanistan caused innocent civilian casualties. China calls on the U.S. to refrain from indiscriminate bombing of civilian clusters in Afghanistan.

Geng emphasized that China has always attached importance to Afghanistan's fight against terrorism and strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul.

He also said China hopes that the safety of Kabul airport can be guaranteed, the evacuation of relevant personnel can proceed smoothly and smoothly, and all parties concerned can strengthen coordination and jointly prevent new terrorist attacks.

"All countries should fulfill their obligations in accordance with international law and Security Council resolutions, work with each other in combating terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and take resolute actions to prevent terrorist organizations from taking advantage of this chaos in Afghanistan," Geng said.

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