Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Qatar: No way to stabilize Afghan fund that recognizes Taliban

Qatar’s foreign minister said on Wednesday that the issue of recognizing the Taliban government in Afghanistan is not a priority at present, but the global community is “now inline” to help the war-ravaged country deal with the growing humanitarian and economic challenges.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told an international conference in Qatar’s capital, Doha, that the Taliban is “a real force” in Afghanistan and that isolating the country would be a “huge mistake” because it would mean depriving the Afghan people of something. will have to be punished. did not commit.

“We cannot wait for the Taliban to take steps, and then we react to these steps,” Al Thani said, speaking at the Global Security Forum. “I believe it is the responsibility of the international community to guide those steps and have a clear roadmap for dealing with the situation,” he said.

The heads of government and foreign ministers of the world’s 20 major economies, the G-20, agreed on Tuesday in a video meeting hosted by Italy to look at ways to inject more cash into Afghanistan to help deal with the humanitarian crisis there. Will get

The United Nations has warned that the war-ravaged country’s economy is headed for a humanitarian disaster unless immediate action is taken.

Al Thani said, “We need to find a way forward, not to leave this country and I think now everyone is in line and we are moving forward without talking about recognition at this stage.” But we can move on.” his talk on Wednesday

Doha hosts the Taliban’s political office, and the Qatari government is facilitating the Islamist group’s talks with the United States and Western governments.

Al Thani noted that the new ruler in Kabul is facing serious economic challenges and there is no clear way to free up the nearly $10 billion in Afghan government funds, mostly kept in the US Federal Reserve.

“The financial system is completely shut down, public servants are not paid, government assets have also been frozen without any clear path,” he said, adding that Taliban teachers without access to those funds Will not be able to pay salary. Doctors and staff in other major social sectors.

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The Qatari official said this a day after Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki resumed his demand for an end to the embargo on Afghan assets.

Muttaki warned in a meeting with US and European envoys in Doha on Tuesday that attempts to pressure his government through sanctions would undermine the security of not only Afghanistan but the world in general.

“[The] Weak [of] The Afghan government is not in anyone’s interest because its negative effects will directly affect the world [the] Security sector and economic exodus from the country,” the Taliban foreign ministry quoted Muttaki as saying.

The Islamist group overthrew the US-backed government in Kabul nearly two months ago to seize power after a 20-year-long insurgency against American and allied troops.

Washington and other Western countries have been pressuring the Taliban to keep their promises that they will form an inclusive Afghan government, protect human rights, especially women’s rights, fight terrorism and not impose restrictions on freedom of expression. .

Muttaki said, “We urge the countries of the world to end the current restrictions and allow banks to operate normally, so that charity groups, organizations and governments pay their employees from their own reserves and international financial support.” can.”

Saad Mohseni, an Afghan Australian owner of the company that runs Tolo News, Afghanistan’s top 24-hour television network, told a conference in Doha on Wednesday that the Taliban had not hindered his work so far.

“Amazingly, if in six months the situation is like it is today, I would be very happy. So, so far, it is good,” Mohseni said.

“But you know, the Taliban don’t have the bandwidth to deal with the media to deal with civil society, and I expect a more restrictive environment. Will we still be able to function the way we are today? I’m sure Not there.”

FILE – State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the State Department on August 18, 2021 in Washington.

US State Department spokesman Ned Price reiterated Tuesday that Washington’s current engagement with the Taliban does not mean it is proceeding to “grant any recognition or legitimacy” to the group. He told reporters that the future would be determined by the conduct of the Taliban in any Afghan government.

“The Taliban will ultimately be judged not only on his words, but on his actions as a whole. And in the context of that discussion, we worked with the Taliban on a pragmatic and pragmatic basis, as we have done in recent weeks, focusing on security and terrorism concerns,” Price said.

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