Taliban embassy in China announces passport distribution for Afghan citizens

BEIJING — The Taliban Embassy in Beijing announced Monday that it has begun distributing passports to Afghan citizens.

A statement by the embassy reads that efforts will be made to enhance services and simplify processes for Afghans residing in China.

They further noted that Afghan nationals can now visit the embassy to obtain new passports.

The announcement follows last week’s acceptance by China’s President of the credentials from Taliban envoy Bilal Karimi in Beijing.

In response, Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, characterized the acceptance of the Taliban ambassador as a standard diplomatic practice.