US confirms talks on unblocking Afghan assets

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US confirms talks on unblocking Afghan assets

KABUL (Pajhwok): The United States has confirmed holding talks on unfreezing Afghanistan’s foreign reserves with a high-level Taliban delegation in Doha.

As the Taliban government seeks to get the Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) assets, the Biden administration wants assurances that the money would be spent on helping the Afghan people.

On Friday, the State Department said the United States renewed its pledge of $55 million in fresh aid for earthquake survivors in Afghanistan.

A statement from the State Department said: “The two sides discussed in detail US actions to preserve $3.5 billion in Afghan central bank reserves for the benefit of the Afghan people.”

It added: “The United States expressed condolences for the loss of life and suffering in Afghanistan caused by recent earthquakes.”

At the two-day meetings, the US delegation was headed by Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West.

The Afghan delegation, led by Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, included senior officials from DAB and Ministry of Finance.

“Muttaqi highlighted positive changes with the coming to power of the new government, calling the security situation in Afghanistan exemplary,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman tweeted,

Abdul Qahar Balkhi quoted the US diplomat as saying that they preferred engagement and sought a stable Afghanistan.

West also commended the transparent distribution of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan it positive progress

“The United States supports the Afghan people’s demands that girls be allowed to return to school and that women be allowed to work, contribute to the country’s economic growth and express themselves freely,” the statement concluded.

PAN Monitor/mud

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