Doha, ANI. The Taliban said on Tuesday that Western countries have remained silent in response to requests to unfreeze foreign Afghan assets in international banks. Earlier, during the first personal meeting with the US in Qatar, the Taliban urged the United States to free Afghanistan’s central bank reserves.
After meeting with the EU delegation in Qatar, Taliban spokesman Mohamed Naeem told Sputnik that the Afghan government delegation met representatives of about 15 European countries, including the United States, Norway, Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Sweden. Of. During this talk on human rights, women’s rights, creating a safe corridor for entry and exit from the country as well as freeing Afghan foreign assets.
The spokesman said that it is the right of the people to return this money. Though, we are yet to get any reply, they are silent and not giving any reply to us. They talk of giving some amount in the form of humanitarian aid, but these are all temporary solutions. He said that there is a difference between humanitarian and political issues, but common people should not be brought into political problems.
Naeem said that Afghanistan is on the verge of a major humanitarian catastrophe and Western countries are talking about different issues like women’s education. Media reports say that Western banks have frozen about $ 9-10 billion in Afghan funds.
The United States said on Tuesday it would decide on Afghanistan’s bank reserves based on the conduct of the future government. US State Department spokesman Ned Price said during a press briefing that when it comes to central bank reserves, we will judge and negotiate with the Afghan government on the basis of its conduct and its improvement in key areas.
To prevent the Taliban from accessing these funds, the Biden administration has decided to freeze billions of dollars of Afghan government reserves held in US financial institutions. The IMF also withheld funds for Afghanistan after the Taliban took over Afghanistan in August. Additionally, the US also froze billions of dollars in assets belonging to the Afghan Central Bank.