The Taliban renews its call to Washington to release the frozen funds


Yesterday, Wednesday, the Taliban renewed its call to the United States to release billions of dollars it had frozen, after two days of talks in the Qatari capital, Doha, while violent clashes erupted using heavy weapons on the border between Afghanistan and Iran between Taliban fighters and Iranian border guards. Tehran said the dispute was later contained.

The Taliban also called in the meetings chaired by the Taliban government’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki with the US special envoy to Afghanistan Tom West to drop the blacklists and lift the sanctions. This is the second round of talks between the two sides since the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

“The two delegations discussed political, economic, humanitarian, health, education and security issues, in addition to providing the necessary banking and monetary facilities,” the spokesman for the Taliban’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abdul Qahar Balkhi, wrote in a tweet. He added, “The Afghan delegation reassured the American side about security and urged the unconditional release of Afghanistan’s frozen funds, an end to black lists and sanctions, and the separation of humanitarian issues from political issues.”

For its part, the United States, in a statement issued by a State Department spokesperson, stressed that it would remain “committed to ensuring that U.S. sanctions do not limit the ability of Afghan civilians to receive humanitarian support from the U.S. government and the international community, while depriving sanctioned individuals and entities of assets.”

“The Department of the Treasury has issued general licenses to support the continued flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support basic humanitarian needs,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in the statement.

On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry confirmed the outbreak of clashes, yesterday, Wednesday, between the Iranian border guards and the “Taliban” movement, noting that the tension had been contained in coordination between the two sides.

The ministry’s spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said that a “border dispute” between local residents in Sistan province, southern Iran, and Nimroz province, northern Iran, caused shooting on the border between the two sides. Khatibzadeh announced that the situation was managed and contained in coordination between the border guards on both sides.

And earlier yesterday, Afghan media reported the outbreak of clashes using heavy weapons on Afghanistan’s border with Iran between Taliban fighters and Iranian border guards.

The agency said that the clashes took place in the Kang district of Nimroz state in northern Afghanistan, adding that the “Taliban” managed to control some of the checkpoints of the Iranian border guards.

Iranian media confirmed the outbreak of clashes due to a “border misunderstanding,” and quoted “informed” officials that the hostilities with the “Taliban” had stopped, noting that the Iranian authorities are currently discussing the incident with the movement.



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