DOHA, Oct 13 (Asia Free Press) – Afghanistan top diplomat warned US and European Countries to lift sanctions against their country or be ready for refugees as the country economic situation worsening following west sanctions.
In a statement, Afghanistan foreign ministry said foreign minister Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi met with ambassadors and representatives of the US, EU and other western countries in Qatar’s capital Doha on Tuesday and briefed them over the current situation in Afghanistan.
“Muttaqi talked in detail about the current Afghan situation, relations with other countries, prevailing economic difficulties, humanitarian assistance, resumption of incomplete development projects and existing sanctions, drawing the attention of all participants,” said the statement.
He warned that weakening the Afghan government will not be in the interest of anyone because its adverse effects will directly affect the world in the security sector and economical migration from the country.
“Pressure tactics have not yielded results in Afghanistan, instead let us adopt constructive interaction and cooperation,” Muttaqi told western diplomats.
He said that his government is paying salaries from previous months to half a million civil servants and resumption new economic projects, which are his government priority.
“In this regard, we urge world countries to end existing sanctions and let banks operate normally so that charity groups, organizations, and the government can pay salaries to their staff with their reserves and international financial assistance,” he added.
The participants of the meeting agreed that an unstable Afghanistan is not in the interest of anyone; however, they do have some concerns that must be addressed by the Taliban government that will lead to positive effects on relations.
The majority of participants asserted they have increased humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and want to deliver it by the end of the year and assured to continue such meetings and interactions in the future.
The US has frozen over $9.5 billion of Afghan government assets in their banks after the Taliban took over Kabul in mid-August, which pushed the country into economic crises.
China, Russia, Pakistan, Qatar and several other countries urged Washington to unfreeze the Afghan government assets as US actions pushed the country into a humanitarian crisis.
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