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The future appears uncertain for Afghanistan following its takeover by the Taliban as US-led forces withdrew from the country after 20 years of occupation. As other nations continue to evacuate their citizens, the Central Asian country has been struck by political and humanitarian crises.

Biden Says China Has 'Real Problem' With Taliban

© REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUEU.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters upon his return to the White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks to reporters upon his return to the White House in Washington, U.S., September 7, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.09.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - President Joe Biden said China will have issues dealing with the Taliban* following the complete US withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to a White House press pool report
Biden said he expects neighboring countries like China, Pakistan, Russia, and Iran to work out arrangements with the Taliban.
"China has a real problem with the Taliban," the US president said on Tuesday when asked if China will fund the Taliban.
The Taliban had earlier reiterated Afghanistan's friendly attitude toward China and its willingness to prevent any forces from using Afghan soil to threaten China. The Islamist movement also hopes to continue cooperation as part of China's Belt and Road infrastructure project.
Russia has not made any decisions recognizing the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan, the Kremlin said earlier.
"You know that so far no decisions have been made on the recognition of the Taliban. In addition, you also know that indeed we are very carefully monitoring everything that is happening there, and most importantly, we are still trying to understand how the promises of the Taliban, their statements, will correlate with their future actions," the Kremlin said.
© REUTERS / REUTERS/StringerTaliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer - Sputnik International, 1920, 08.09.2021
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 6, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer
On Tuesday, the Taliban unveiled their caretaker government with Hasan Akhund, who has been under UN sanctions since 2001, at the helm. The movement's leader, Hibatullah Akhundzada, said that Sharia law would be in force in Afghanistan.
The Taliban reportedly sent Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, Qatar and Pakistan invitations to attend the event dedicated to the announcement of the new Afghan government.
*A terrorist organization banned in Russia
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