Kabul, Afghanistan – Afghanistan’s appearing International Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has criticised the USA for its actions in the direction of the new Taliban authorities and for severing financial help after the group seized energy final month.
In his first tackle to the media because the Taliban introduced its new caretaker authorities final week, Muttaqi mentioned on Tuesday that the group wouldn’t permit “any nation” to impose sanctions or embargoes on Afghanistan, together with the US.
“[We] helped the US till the evacuation of their final particular person, however sadly, the US, as a substitute of thanking us, froze our belongings,” he mentioned.
For the reason that Taliban took management of the Afghan capital, Kabul on August 15 as former President Ashraf Ghani fled the nation, the US Federal Reserve, the Worldwide Financial Fund and the World Financial institution have reduce off Afghanistan’s entry to funds, leading to a widespread liquidity crunch within the cash-dependent economic system.
Muttaqi thanked the worldwide neighborhood for pledging greater than $1bn of support for Afghanistan at a UN donor convention on Monday.
“We welcome the pledge of emergency support funding dedicated to Afghanistan throughout yesterday’s assembly hosted by the UN in Geneva,” he mentioned.
Calls to engage with Taliban
No authorities has but agreed to formally recognise the Taliban-led administration in Kabul, which may additional imperil the Afghan economic system, which has been extremely depending on international support for the final 20 years. In accordance to the World Financial institution, international support makes up some 40 p.c of Afghanistan’s gross home product.
Muttaqi mentioned the federal government was keen to work with any nation, together with the US, however mentioned it won’t be “dictated to” by any state. Final week, French International Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian mentioned France “refuses to recognise or have any kind of relationship” with a Taliban-led authorities in Afghanistan.
Guterres remarked on the donor convention that it will be “inconceivable” to present humanitarian help to Afghanistan with out participating with the Taliban.
“I do consider it is vitally vital to engage with the Taliban at the moment second for all facets that concern the worldwide neighborhood,” he mentioned.
He informed ministers that believed support could possibly be used as leverage with the Taliban to obtain enhancements on human rights, amid fears of a return to the brutal rule that characterised the Taliban’s first stint in energy from 1996 to 2001.
The European Union’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell on Tuesday mentioned the EU has “no different possibility however to engage with the Taliban”.
Muttaqi urged countries around the globe to open formal relations with the Taliban-led authorities, citing an finish to warfare within the nation.
“Safety is being maintained throughout the nation,” he mentioned, and careworn that Afghanistan was open for international funding.
Muttaqi additionally mentioned the federal government wouldn’t permit Afghanistan to be used as a base for armed teams to launch assaults on different countries.
Pledge to respect rights
In one other assurance to the worldwide neighborhood, Muttaqi said that every one Afghans are free to depart the nation in the event that they possess the mandatory documentation. Activists have accused the Taliban of maintaining Afghans, together with these with correct documentation, from leaving the nation in the course of the worldwide evacuation efforts forward of the August 31 international troop withdrawal deadline.
He known as reservations expressed by Paris and different capitals, “unfair and unjust,” earlier than restating that the interim authorities will respect all human rights, together with these of ladies.
Nevertheless, in latest weeks, the Taliban has come underneath heavy criticism for its violent crackdown on protests and media shops masking latest demonstrations within the nation.
Regardless of his criticisms of Washington, whom he accused of destroying Afghan property, together with at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai Worldwide Airport, Muttaqi expressed the Taliban’s gratitude in the direction of nations together with Qatar, Pakistan and Uzbekistan for his or her supply of support to the nation. He promised to equally distribute support among the many Afghan folks.