The United States imposed sanctions on Afghanistan and froze more than $ 9 billion of its assets, ultimately leading to a situation where Afghan civilians have no means of providing for themselves or finding food, making it nearly impossible for most aid organizations. to help. We may not like the Taliban, but it is now the government of Afghanistan for the foreseeable future, and the United States should negotiate with the Taliban to give the government access to the country’s own resources, subject to the Taliban’s respect for human rights, which could be monitored by an independent organization. It is the only way the banking system can become functional again, the economy can begin to be rebuilt, and aid can flow in to those who are starving. Negotiating an end to frozen Afghan assets should be an immediate priority for the Biden administration.