Afghan acting FM asked U.S. to lift ban on cbank reserves -Al-Jazeera

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FILE PHOTO: Taliban’s Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki speaks during a news conference in Kabul, Afghanistan September 14, 2021. The picture was taken on September 14, 2021. Businesshala / Stringer
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Cairo (Businesshala) – Taliban representatives asked the United States to lift sanctions on Afghan central bank reserves at a meeting with American counterparts in Doha, Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister reported on Saturday by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera television. Said in the comment made.

The minister, Amir Khan Muttaki, also said Washington would offer Afghans a coronavirus vaccine, Al-Jazeera reported, the first senior face-to-face meeting between the two sides since a US military withdrawal in August by the radical group. captured the country. .

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The minister said the Afghan delegation and US counterparts discussed “opening a new page” between the two countries, adversaries, during the United States’ two-decade-long occupation of Afghanistan.

Washington and other Western countries are grappling with tough choices as a serious humanitarian crisis looms large over Afghanistan. They are trying to work out how to engage with the Taliban without giving them legitimacy while ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid into the country.

According to the World Bank, the departure of the US-led military and several international donors robbed the country of grants, which financed 75% of public spending.

Speaking to Businesshala earlier in Washington, a US official said there has been an improvement in access for humanitarian actors to areas they haven’t been to in a decade, yet problems remain, at the Doha talks. The US delegation said it would pressure the Taliban to reform.

Mutaki also said that the focus of the Afghan delegation at the meeting was on humanitarian aid and implementation of the Doha Agreement.

He said the discussions would continue on Saturday and would resume on Sunday. Mutaki said the Afghan delegation would meet EU representatives to discuss the latest developments, but did not specify when the meeting would take place.

Reporting by Moataz Abdelrahiem and Omar Fahmy; Editing by Jason Neely, William McLean

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