- The United States froze about $ 10 billion in Afghan assets after the Taliban took control in August.
- Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi told the AP that the economic punishment does not help anyone.
- Muttaqi said the United States must have “patience” and “a big heart” for the new Taliban regime.
A senior Taliban official praised the United States and asked it to give them access to billions of dollars worth of Afghan funds, frozen in
After the Taliban seized control of Kabul on August 15, the United States froze close to $ 10 billion belonging to the displaced Afghan government in an attempt to prevent the Taliban from funding their conquest.
Since then, the Taliban have warned of serious economic consequences, and Afghan banks say they are facing a shortage of money. The United Nations also warned in October that without financial aid or humanitarian aid, Afghanistan was on a “countdown to disaster.”
In an interview with the Associated Press published Sunday, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the group did not carry the evil will of the United States and that Washington should support their new government, including by giving them access to the frozen funds.
“To the American nation: You are a great and great nation, and you must have enough patience and a big heart to dare to make policies about Afghanistan based on international rules and relegation, and to put an end to the differences and make the distance between us shorter. “he told the AP.
“America will slowly, slowly change its policy toward Afghanistan.”
During the interview, Muttaqi also defended the Taliban’s domestic regime, which has been criticized for its use of force and for quietly removing access to education for many women.
After the fall of Kabul, high schools reopened only for boys, and in early December, the acting deputy education minister, Abdul Hakim Hemat, told the BBC that girls would not be able to enter high school until 2022.
Muttaqi, however, told the AP that this shows the Taliban are making progress. “This shows that we are, in principle, committed to women’s participation,” he said.
“We have made progress in administration and politics … in interaction with the nation and the world. For every day that passes, we will gain more experience and make more progress.”
The Taliban have been subject to US economic sanctions since 2001, but on Friday the Treasury Department formalized guidelines that allowed financial assistance to be sent from the United States to families in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.