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Spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed Beijing was “ready to invest in and reconstruct” Afghanistan as he gave the clearest indication to date of the group’s diplomatic priorities.

Mr Mujahid said the Chinese would revive Afghan copper mining and praised the One Belt One Road project despite criticism from western countries.

This comes after Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declared that Britain would not be “recognising the Taliban at any time in the foreseeable future”.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson echoed the message adding that if the Taliban wanted to engage with the West then “the first priority for them for us is safe passage for those who want to leave”.

Mr Raab also hinted that Kabul airport could open “in the near future” after talks with leaders in Qatar. 

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  • Women protest in Kabul11:19
  • China to keep embassy 09:36
  • Millions of pounds of UK military equipment could end up in hands of Taliban08:30
  • Women protest in Kabul

    Protests by female activitists have turned violent.

    The women were demanding their right from the Taliban but say they “returned home with gunshot wounds and lashes”. 

    UEA flight arriving in Kabul

    A tweet from a Taliban official has revealed that a UEA flight is due to arrive in Kabul. 

    This will be the first international flight to arrive in the country since the Taliban took control on August 31. 

    Flights to resume

    Domestic flights in Afghanistan could resume later today, according to Ariana Afghan Airlines. 

    Senior manager, Tamim Ahmadi told AFP: “We have received a green light from the Taliban and aviation authorities and plan to start flights today,” 

    Taliban expected to announce administration as soon as this afternoon

    The Taliban could announce a new administration after Friday afternoon prayers, sources told the AFP news agency.

    The group has faced mounting pressure to announce a new government while it grapples to deflect an armed challenge from rebels in the Panjshir Valley region.

    China to keep embassy

    A Taliban spokesperson has said China promised to keep its embassy in Afghanistan open and to increase humanitarian aid to the war-ravaged country. 

    The embassy currently remains opertaional.

    Raab to visit Pakistan to help refugees

    Dominic Raab will visit Pakistan later to secure safe passage for Britons trying to leave Afghanistan. 

    The Foreign Secretary will meet with his counterpart and other senior leaders after the UK announced £30m in aid to Pakistan to help refugees. 

    They are expected to discuss how to encourage the Taliban to allow refugees to safely leave Afghanistan. 

    Calls to deport Taliban supporter

    A Glasgow-based volunteer is facing calls to be deported after pleading his support for the Taliban and helping refugees settle in the Scottish city.

    Waheed Totakhyl told Sky News that Afghanistan is now “safer than Europe”

    But arriving refugees have called his support for the group “unacceptable” and are calling for the government to deport him.

    Millions of pounds of UK military equipment could end up in hands of Taliban

    The U.K. continued to send weapons to the country even after Donald Trump signed a withdrawal agreement in 2020.

    The same year £22 million in export licenses was approved — the largest amount since 2008.

    “There is a clear risk of high-tech equipment falling into the hands of the Taliban, or worse, ISIS-K and other terror groups,” said Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey.

    ‘Extraordinary’ opportunity

    Mr Mujahid told Italian newspaper La Repubblica “China is our prinicpal  partner and for us represents a fundamental and extraordinary opportunity because it’s ready to invest in and reconstruct our country.

    Beyond that, we have rich copper mines which thanks to the Chinese can be brought back into production and modernised. China represents our passport towards the markets of the whole world.”

    China still in Afghanistan

    China is one of the few countries not to have evacuated staff from its embassy in Kabul in the wake of the Taliban takeover. 

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