Islamabad holds talks with Afghan Taliban over CPEC expansion

Posted on September 28, 2021, 6:57 am
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KABUL/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Mansoor Ahmad Khan has said that Pakistan has discussed the Taliban-led Afghanistan participation in the multibillion-dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) infrastructure project.

In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Pakistan’s special envoy to Kabul, Mansour Ahmad Khan, said, “Regional ties are an important element of discussions with Afghan leaders and economic interaction with Afghanistan. It’s a step towards action.“

“This important project – China Pakistan Economic Corridor … provides good opportunities, good potential for providing infrastructure and energy connectivity between Afghanistan and Pakistan … (and) also connecting South Asia to the Central Asian region,” he said.

He said that discussions had been held with the Taliban-led administration on this and other ways to develop the country’s economy.

“I think there has been a deep interest in terms of developing economic connectivity of Afghanistan with Pakistan through CPEC and with other neighbouring countries including Iran, China, Central Asian countries,” he said.

CPEC is a central part of the Belt and Road Initiative, under which Beijing has promised more than $ 60 billion in Pakistan’s infrastructure projects, many in the form of loans.

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