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Taliban call on US Congress to release frozen Afghan assets amid warning of humanitarian catastrophe

Rahmatullah Baghban
Press TV, Kabul

In an open letter, Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the biggest challenge facing Afghanistan is financial insecurity, and the roots of this concern lead back to the freezing of assets of Afghan people by the American government.

Afghanistan’s foreign ministry called on the US to release Afghan frozen assets after their (Taliban's) August takeover of the country.

The United Nations envoy for Afghanistan on Wednesday said the country is on the brink of a “humanitarian catastrophe,” and warned that extremism could arise due to current conditions.

Deborah Lyons added that the main reason behind this dire situation is financial sanctions imposed on the Taliban.

Iran’s special envoy to Afghanistan Hassan Kazemi-Qomi, during his visit to Kabul in an interview with Press TV, said the United States uses economic pressure to impose its will on other nations.

When the Taliban took over power in the country in August, most aid to Afghanistan was suspended. Washington has seized nearly 9.5 billion dollars in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank since then.

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