Antony Blinken explained that he discussed the measures taken to “safely return their citizens home with his Chinese counterpart.”
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi the situation in Afghanistan and the efforts of Washington and Beijing to ensure the safety of their citizens. This is stated in a statement by the head of the press service of the U.S. Foreign Ministry, Ned Price, distributed on Monday.
“U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke today with a member of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, about the developments in Afghanistan, including the security situation and our respective efforts to ensure the safety of the U.S. and Chinese citizens,” the document says. Blinken explained on Twitter that he discussed with his Chinese counterpart the measures taken by the United States and China to “return their citizens home safely.”
On August 15, militants of the Taliban movement entered Kabul without a fight and established full control over the city within a few hours. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he resigned his powers to prevent bloodshed and left the country. Western countries are evacuating their citizens and embassy staff.