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US dismisses Taliban’s call to release $10bn frozen assets of Afghanistan

Rahmatullah Baghban
Press TV, Kabul

Washington has seized some ten billion dollars in assets belonging to the Afghan Central Bank since the sanctioned Taliban took power in August. Since then, the Taliban has been pressing the US to release the frozen assets, saying Afghans are harming amid worsening poverty.

On Monday, the White House once again dismissed calls to release the money.

In an interview with Press TV, deputy spokesman of the Taliban dismissed as illogical reasons provided by the White House.

Cash shortage in Afghanistan has led to a financial crisis in the country. People are complaining that they are finding it impossible to make ends meet.

According to UN estimates, poverty in Afghanistan is on the rise, while the majority of people, particularly children, are at serious risk of starvation, malnourishment, and lack access to health care and medicines.

The US is keeping Afghan assets blocked, while the nation is dealing with problems such as cold winter and acute hunger. That comes as the United Nations warns that 24 million people in Afghanistan are in need of urgent assistance.

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