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Taliban Seeks to Exchange Visits with China, Global Times Says

MNI (Beijing)

The Taliban plans to invite high-level delegations from China and Russia to Afghanistan, and hopes its own delegation can visit Beijing and Moscow, the Global Times reported citing an interview with spokesman Suhail Shaheen. The Taliban's forces will continue to provide security to the Chinese embassy in Kabul around the clock, Shaheen was cited as saying. The group was in contact with Chinese diplomats when its forces first entered Kabul, the newspaper said citing Shaheen. Shaheen dismissed the criticism of the Taliban's interim government that it is seen as not inclusive and does not represent the diverse ethnic groups in the country, according to the newspaper. The appointment of ministers at this time is to fill the vacuum, many vacant positions will be filled and changes and adjustments are possible before the formal government is set up, the newspaper said citing Shaheeen.

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