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Afghanistan turmoil

China foreign minister tells Blinken the world must 'guide' Taliban

Wang touts positive engagement citing need for stability in Afghanistan

Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks in Beijing, China Jun. 25.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a phone call on Sunday that the international community should engage with Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers and "positively guide" them, China's foreign ministry said.

Washington should work with the international community to provide economic and humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, help the new regime run governmental functions normally, maintain social stability, and stop the currency from depreciating and the cost of living from rising, Wang said, according to a statement.

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