Qatar Worries Afghan Funds Release To End Up In Terrorist Hands

The government of Qatar on Thursday expressed its deep concern that the release of the funds by the international community to the Taliban could result in ending up in the hands of terrorist group across Afghanistan.

Qatar’ Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said there is a need to address the issue of terrorism funding.

Mr. Al Thani also said that they are working on ways to convince the Taliban not to undo the progress made in Afghanistan over the past 20 years.

Speaking at the Chatham House think tank, Mr. Al Thani said they are looking for the release of frozen financial assets that should go to the Afghan people.

Mr. Al Thani said they will work closely with Europe and the US in order to help the needy Afghans in such a time. “We don’t want the Afghan people to suffer just because the Taliban are disliked internationally.”

This is the delegation of the Afghanistan de-facto regime, led by the Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, returned back to Kabul on Thursday after a five-day visit to Qatar.

During the visit, Muttaqi had met with the envoys of the European Union and 16 European nations, his office said in a statement.

“The meeting focused on the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, higher education, capacity development, humanitarian aid, and providing scholarships to Afghan students,” it added.

In a surprise move, US President Joe Biden had recently moved to free up $3.5 billion in Afghan assets for families of 9/11 victims, while putting another $3.5bn in Afghan assets for humanitarian aid into a trust fund managed by the UN to provide aid to the Afghan people.

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