After the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan, the United States (US) froze nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to Afghanistan’s central bank, while the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank and European Union suspended funding for projects in the Islamic republic.
“I think freezing assets is not helping the situation. I would strongly urge the powers that be that they should review the policy and think about unfreezing. This would be a confidence building step as well and it could also encourage positive behaviour,” Qureshi said on the sidelines of the session. 76th United Nations General Assembly, as quoted Sputnik from the Express Tribune, Tuesday (21/9/2021).
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Qureshi also said that there is now hope for peace in Afghanistan after four decades of war in the country.
“World powers must not leave Afghanistan alone at this critical time,” he said.
He added that the international community must insist that Afghanistan have an inclusive government in which all ethnic groups are represented. He added that the Taliban-led government must keep its promise that girls and women are allowed to go to schools, colleges and universities.
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In mid-August, the Taliban took control of Kabul and the official Afghan government collapsed. After capturing the last province of Panjshir, the Taliban announced the composition of Afghanistan’s new interim government led by Mohammad Hasan Akhund, which has been under UN sanctions since 2001.
On September 13, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said that the new Afghan government is ready to take all possible legal steps to disburse Afghan assets in the United States.
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