Taliban enchantment to US congress to launch Afghan belongings

The Taliban referred to as Wednesday on US Congress members to launch Afghan belongings frozen after their takeover of the nation, warning financial turmoil at home might result in bother overseas.

In an open letter, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi mentioned the largest problem going through Afghanistan was monetary insecurity, “and the roots of this concern lead back to the freezing of assets of our people by the American government”.

Washington has seized nearly $9.5 billion in belongings belonging to the Afghan central financial institution, and the aid-dependent economic system has successfully collapsed — with civil servants unpaid for months and the treasury unable to pay for imports.

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Concerned nations have pledged lots of of tens of millions of {dollars} in help, however are reluctant to commit funds until the Taliban comply with a extra inclusive authorities and to ensure the rights of girls and minorities.

“I present to you our compliments and would like to share a few thoughts on our bilateral relations,” Muttaqi wrote, noting that 2021 was the centenary of Washington recognising Afghanistan’s sovereignty.

In measured understatement, he added: “Akin to other world countries, our bilateral relations have also experienced ups and downs.”

Muttaqi mentioned Afghanistan was having fun with secure authorities for the primary time in over 40 years — a interval that began with an invasion by the Soviet Union in 1979 and ended with the withdrawal of the final US troops on August 31.

From 1996 to 2001, the Taliban dominated Afghanistan with an iron fist, brutally violating human rights within the title of Islamic legislation, sparking fears of a return of their abuses.

The Taliban have since returning to energy gone to nice lengths to persuade the worldwide group that they intend to do issues otherwise this time — although no feminine ministers have been named, and women are nonetheless barred from returning to secondary college.

“Practical steps have been taken towards good governance, security and transparency,” Muttaqi wrote.

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“No threat is posed to the region or world from Afghanistan and a pathway has been paved for positive cooperation.”

Muttaqi mentioned Afghans “understand the concerns of the international community”, however that it was needed for all sides to take optimistic steps to construct belief.

He warned, nonetheless, that the financial state of affairs might spark a mass exodus.

“If the current situation prevails, the Afghan government and people will face problems and will become a cause for mass migration in the region and world which will consequently create further humanitarian and economic issues,” he mentioned.

Muttaqi mentioned the United States risked additional damaging its repute within the nation “and this will serve as the worst memory ingrained in Afghans at the hands of America”.

“We hope that the members of the American Congress will think thoroughly in this regard,” he added.

“I request… so that doors for future relations are opened, assets of Afghanistan’s Central Bank are unfrozen and sanctions on our banks are lifted.”

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