ISLAMABAD, Sep 25, (Asia Free Press): Afghan Taliban government on Saturday welcomed the United State move to allowed its state organisations, banks and international organisations to provide aid to Afghanistan.
In a statement, the country’s foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Qahar Balkhi said they welcome the US latest move to allowed its government agencies, NGOs and banks to facilitate food and medicine delivery activities Afghanistan
“We hope that all countries and international organizations, including the United States, will continue to strengthen ties with the Government of Afghanistan and continue to provide humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people,” Balkhi said.
On Friday, The United States allowed aid flow to Afghanistan despite its sanctions on the Taliban and issuing general licenses amid concern that Washington’s punitive measures could compound an unfolding humanitarian crisis.
The US Treasury Department said it issued two general licenses, one allowing the U.S. government, NGOs and certain international organizations, including the United Nations, to engage in transactions with the Taliban or Haqqani Network – both under sanctions – that are necessary to provide humanitarian assistance, according to Reuter News Agency.
The second license authorizes certain transactions related to the export and re-export of food, medicine and other items.
“Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support their basic human needs,” Andrea Gacki, director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in the statement.
Last month, after Taliban takeover Kabul, the US government has frozen over $9.5 billion Afghan government assets that pushed the country into humanitarian crisis.
Several countries including China, Russia, Pakistan and Qatar urged the Washington to revisit their decision and release the Afghan government funds to overcome the current humanitarian crisis in the war-torn country