Afghanistan’s new Taliban government has warned US and European envoys that continued efforts to put pressure on them through sanctions could undermine security and create economic refugees.
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki told Western diplomats during talks in Doha that it should not be in anyone’s interest to weaken the Afghan government, as its negative impact would directly affect the world. This was stated in a statement issued by the Taliban foreign minister on Tuesday.
“We urge countries around the world to lift existing sanctions and allow banks to operate normally so that charities, organizations, governments can pay their workers with their own reserves and international financial support,” the statement said.
Taliban leaders held their first-ever face-to-face meeting with a joint US-EU delegation in Qatar on Tuesday. There, Brussels has pledged 1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the G20, an alliance of the world’s 20 largest economies, has agreed to help Afghanistan avert a humanitarian catastrophe. If this support is to be coordinated with the Taliban, the coalition will do the same. The decision came from the virtual conference of the alliance on Tuesday. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi made the remarks after talks between coalition leaders at the conference.
Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports that the European Union (EU) has called a meeting to raise 1 billion (US ১২ 1.2 billion). The funds will be used to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and to provide shelter to fleeing Afghan nationals in neighboring countries. A new crisis has erupted in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country on August 15.
Italy hosts a virtual special emergency conference. “We all have the same views on the need to deal with the (humanitarian) emergency in Afghanistan,” Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi told reporters at a news conference.