Taliban’s Muttaqi departs for China to attend Trans-Himalaya Forum

Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting foreign minister of the Taliban, left Kabul on Tuesday for China, where he is slated to participate in a two-day meeting involving regional countries, as announced in a Taliban statement.

Muttaqi’s delegation includes the Taliban’s deputy minister of economy.

A Taliban spokesperson confirmed in a statement that Muttaqi is scheduled to hold discussions with the Chinese foreign minister and other high-ranking officials during his visit to China.

China is all set to host the third edition of the Trans-Himalaya Forum for International Cooperation in Tibet from October 4th to 5th.

The two-day gathering will take place in Nyingchi city, situated in China’s autonomous Tibet region. Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has also confirmed the attendance of its top diplomat at the event.

The Trans-Himalaya Forum was established in 2018 with the aim of fostering practical cooperation among regional nations on various topics, including geographical connectivity, environmental conservation, ecological preservation, and the promotion of cultural ties.

This year’s meeting centers around the theme of “ecological civilization and environmental protection.” The most recent in-person forum was held in 2019.