Afghanistan calls for the United States to unfreeze its assets

Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, has sent an open letter to the US Congress, urging the US to unfreeze Afghanistan's assets, according to a statement released by the ministry on Wednesday.

"What logic could possibly exist behind the freeze of our assets, given that we are no longer in direct combat with one another or a military adversary since the signing of the Doha Agreement in February 2020?" In the statement, Muttaqi was cited as stating. "At a time when we have a fantastic potential for great ties, resorting to sanctions and pressure is not going to help us enhance our relations," he said.

According to news reports, the Afghan economy has suffered as a result of the US freezing of over $9 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank, as well as a suspension in disbursements by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the Taliban's takeover in mid-August. "Both sides must take constructive actions in order to establish trust," Muttaqi stated.

Afghanistan is concerned that if the existing scenario does not improve, the Afghan people will face greater challenges, and the nation would become a source of mass migration in the region and around the world, causing additional humanitarian and economic concerns, he said.

 

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