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Washington must listen to UN and release Afghan funds: Taliban

Washington needs to listen to UN and release Afghan funds: Taliban

KABUL: The Taliban on Friday prompted Washington to hearken a call by the United Nations chief to unlock Afghan funds frozen in the United States, as a humanitarian crisis deepens.
United States authorities froze billions of dollars in Afghan possessions after the hardline Islamists took power in August following the withdrawal of foreign forces.
On Thursday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres gotten in touch with Washington to take the lead and prevent “the problem unfolding in Afghanistan” by launching capital.
“The United States must react positively to the international voice and release Afghan capital,” the Taliban government’s representative Zabihullah Mujahid said on Twitter.
Washington has actually taken control of almost $9.5 billion in properties coming from the Afghan reserve bank.
The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have actually suspended activities in Afghanistan, keeping help along with $340 million in brand-new reserves provided by the IMF in August.
Many Western countries have likewise mainly suspended their help to Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries.
Help companies and the UN have estimated that more than half of the country’s 38 million population is anticipated to deal with hunger this winter.
“We should rapidly inject liquidity into the economy and avoid a meltdown that would cause poverty, hunger and destitution for millions,” Guterres told press reporters in New York.
His comments came two days after the UN said it requires $5 billion in aid for Afghanistan in 2022.

Published at Fri, 14 Jan 2022 17:35:31 +0000

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