Taliban stand guard outside Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 29 | Photo: EFE / EPA / STRINGER

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a telephone conversation on Sunday that the international community should “positively guide” the Taliban after the Islamic fundamentalist group seized power in Afghanistan.

According to a statement, Wang told the US foreign minister that Washington should work with the international community to provide humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghanistan, help the new regime exercise its government functions, maintain social stability and prevent the currency depreciation and increased economic life. costs. Wang also said the United States should take concrete steps to combat terrorism and violence, respecting Afghanistan’s sovereignty, “rather than maintaining double standards and selectively fighting terrorism.” .

US State Department spokesman Ned Price said the two officials discussed “the importance for the international community to hold the Taliban accountable for their public commitments to security and freedom of movement for Afghans and foreigners “.