Financial assistance

US clears humanitarian aid, Quad hits Taliban deal


WASHINGTON: The US Treasury Department has issued licenses to facilitate humanitarian aid and financial assistance to the Afghan people, while maintaining sanctions against the Taliban.

“The Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and to other activities that meet their basic human needs,” said Andrea Gacki, director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Treasury in a communicated.

The installations, announced Friday night, follow an agreement between Pakistan, the United States, Russia and China to force the Taliban to keep promises they made when they took control of Kabul from the United States. mid August.

“Pakistan has always believed that the Quad provides an effective platform for lasting peace in Afghanistan,” said the country’s US Ambassador Asad Majeed Khan. Dawn in Washington.

Two of the four countries – Pakistan and China – have borders with Afghanistan while the other two – the United States and Russia – have participated in military expeditions to the war-torn country.

The four apparently reached the agreement after consultations at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi represented Pakistan in these talks during his week-long stay in New York.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced this agreement between the four nations in his speech at the UNGA on Friday and then reconfirmed it at a press conference.

But Lavarov also said international recognition of the Taliban was “not yet on the table.”

Earlier in the session, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres alerted the international community that the Taliban’s desire for such recognition was the only leverage they had on the new Afghan leadership.

“What is most important … is to make sure that the promises they have made publicly [are] to keep, ”Lavrov said at a press conference on Saturday afternoon.

In Washington, the Treasury said the two general licenses they issued would prevent the crushing US sanctions against the Taliban from impacting Afghan civilians. The sanctions freeze all U.S. assets owned by the Taliban and prohibit U.S. citizens from doing business with them, including bringing in funds, goods, or services.

At the United Nations, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore warned at a ministerial meeting that “nearly 10 million girls and boys in Afghanistan depend on humanitarian aid just to survive.”

She also warned that at least one million children will suffer from severe malnutrition this year and could die without treatment.

Posted in Dawn, le 27 September 2021


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