In an open letter to Congress, the Afghan Taliban leadership urges the United States to address Afghanistan’s humanitarian and economic crisis.
The letter, signed by the Taliban’s foreign minister, Amir Khan Mutaqi, asks Washington to release the Afghan central bank’s assets.
“The fundamental challenge for our people today is financial security, but the freezing of our people’s assets by the US government is a cause for concern,” the letter released Wednesday said.
The Taliban fear that the current situation will lead to mass migration and damage the health and education system in the country, it said. “The suffering of a child from malnutrition, the death of a mother from lack of health care, deprivation of food, shelter, medicine and other basic needs of the ordinary Afghan has no political or logical justification, and it is detrimental to the prestige of the United States government and people because this is a purely humanitarian issue,” it reads.
When the Taliban took power in the country in August, most aids to Afghanistan was suspended. About $9 billion of the country’s central bank reserves, most of which are parked in the United States, have been frozen.