US sanctions ‘not logical’: Taliban | Canberra Times

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In an open letter to the US Congress, Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers call on the United States to address their nation’s humanitarian and economic crisis. The letter, signed by Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqi, calls on Washington to release Afghan central bank assets. “Currently, our people’s fundamental challenge is financial security, and the roots of this concern lead back to the US government’s freezing of our people’s assets,” the letter released on Wednesday read. The Taliban is worried that if the current situation prevails, it will lead to mass migration and damage to the country’s health and education sectors. “A child’s suffering from malnutrition, the death of a mother due to lack of health care, the deprivation of an ordinary Afghan from food, shelter, medicine and other primary needs has no political or logical justification and it is detrimental to the prestige of the government. and the people of the United States, because this is a purely humanitarian issue, “the letter said. When the Taliban took power in the country in August, most aid to Afghanistan was suspended. About $ 9 billion ($ 12 billion) in the country’s central bank reserves, most of which are parked in the United States, have been frozen. Earlier, the Kabul government had received $ 8.5 billion in military and civilian assistance annually, according to a report by the Kabul think tank Afghanistan Analysts Network. The appropriations were used to finance 75 percent of public spending. Millions of people have now lost their main source of income and the education and health sector as well as other public services are no longer fully operational. The UN has warned that 97 percent of Afghans could plunge into poverty by mid-2022. Australian Associated Press

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