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Taliban government urge US Congress to release frozen funds to avert humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

 KABUL:The interim Afghan government urged to the members of the US Congress  to take steps towards addressing the humanitarian and economic crisis in the country.

In a letter,addressed to the members of the congress, the acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, said that over $9 billion Afghan foreign assets have been frozen by the US after the Taliban regained power in Afghanistan in August following the complete withdrawal of foreign forces from the country.

"As the cold winter months are fast approaching in Afghanistan, and in a state where our country has been hammered by the coronavirus, drought, war, and poverty, American sanctions have not only played havoc with trade and business but also with humanitarian assistance," the letter said.

Muttaqi said 2021 marks the centennial of relations between Afghanistan and the US.

 

 

 Washington initially recognized the sovereign government of Afghanistan in 1921 while diplomatic relations were established in 1935.

“We believe that full implementation of the Doha Agreement and commitment to it can open a new chapter of positive relations between both governments and people which is in the interest of both countries,” the minister added.

Amid the withdrawal of foreign forces, the US-backed government of Ashraf Ghani fell and the former president fled the country allowing the Taliban to take control of the presidential palace on Aug. 15.

Though an interim administration was announced by the Taliban in September, it is yet to get international recognition.

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