The United States Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said on Friday that Afghanistan was unfortunately already suffering a terrible humanitarian crisis before the Taliban’s takeover.
West said this in response to the Taliban’s letter to the US Congress that called for the release of Afghanistan Central Bank assets.
“The Taliban’s letter to Congress earlier this week misconstrued the facts re Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian crisis. Afghanistan was unfortunately already suffering a terrible humanitarian crisis before mid-August, made worse by war, years of drought, and the pandemic,” West said in a series of tweets.
“US officials made clear to the Taliban for years that if they pursued a military takeover rather than a negotiated settlement with fellow Afghans then critical non-humanitarian aid provided by the international community – in an economy enormously dependent on aid, including for basic services – would all but cease. That is what occurred.” he added.
We will continue clear-eyed, candid diplomacy with the Taliban, he said, adding, “legitimacy support must be earned by actions to address terrorism, establish an inclusive government, and respect the rights of minorities, women and girls – including equal access to education and employment.”
The US will continue to support the Afghan people with humanitarian aid, West assured.
“We’ve provided $474 million this year, applaud the robust efforts of Allies and partners in this space, and are making every effort to help the UN and humanitarian actors scale up to meet needs this winter,” he concluded.
This comes as the Taliban has recently sent a letter to the US Congress that highlighted economic and financial problems in Afghanistan as root in the freezing of the Afghan assets by the US government.
“Currently the fundamental challenge of our people is financial security and the roots of this concern lead back to the freezing of assets of our people by the American government,” the Islamic Emirate letter read.
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