On Tuesday, US Treasury Secretary Wally Ademo said maintaining US sanctions against the Taliban was essential.
U.S. Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Edimo says he sees no situation where the Taliban, who regained power in Afghanistan in August, will be allowed access to the Afghan central bank’s reserves, which are based primarily in the United States.
“We believe that maintaining our sanctions against the Taliban is essential but at the same time finding ways to provide legitimate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people. That’s exactly what we’re doing, “Ademo told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.
The Taliban has called on the United States to lift its অবরোধ 9 billion blockade of the Afghan central bank’s reserves as the government struggles to contain the deepening economic crisis.
The Taliban regained power in Afghanistan in August, nearly 20 years after the US-led forces ousted the group after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
The United States and other Western nations are battling difficult alternatives as a serious humanitarian crisis erupts in Afghanistan. While ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid to the country, they are trying to figure out how to join the Taliban without giving them the legitimacy they want.
“Our goal is to ensure that we are implementing our sanctions against the Taliban and the Haqqani network, but at the same time allowing the allowed flow of humanitarian aid into the country,” Ademo said.
The Haqqani Network is a group linked to the Taliban near the border with Pakistan and is responsible for the worst suicide attacks in the war.
Adimo said the Treasury Department could make it clear to humanitarian groups in its sanctions system that Washington wants to ease the flow of aid to the Afghan people, but warned that in order for humanitarian aid to flow, let it happen inside the Taliban country.
The Treasury last month facilitated aid to Afghanistan despite the issuance of two general licenses despite US sanctions on the Taliban.