Afghanistan heading for collapse faster than expected, Swedish minister warns

Farzana, 30, holding her one-year-old baby, Omar, in the malnutrition ward for infants of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan Oct. 23, 2021. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

DUBAI, Oct. 23 (Reuters) – Afghanistan heads for economic collapse die threatens to shake the country new Sweden’s political crisis minister for international development cooperation warned on Saturday.

Afghanistan is after the collapse in entered a crisis of the west-backed government and take Taliban over in August, that was met with an abrupt ending of billions of dollars in help to his help dependent economy.

“My concern is that the country… on the edge of collapse and die collapse is coming sooner than we thought,” Per Olsson Fridh told Reuters in dubai, warning that an economic free fall environment for terror groups to flourish.

The European Union met 27 countries, including Sweden, have increased humanitarian aid to Afghanistan since the Taliban de back until power but has stopped met to be development help, a measure die has been taken by many others countries and the World Bank.

The Red Cross on Friday insisted the international community engage with the Taliban, warning die support groups on die their own could only offer temporary solutions.

Sweden was looking for economies of scale up efforts by Afghan civil society organizations to basic services, Fridh said, but that other countries had to be convinced that this was possible do without the ID new Taliban rulers.

Sweden wouldn’t channel though development money by the Taliban, he said. The movement has faced international criticism for to be failure to maintain certain rights since the return to power, including allowing girls access to education.

Most countries have closed their embassies in Kabul with some have moved them to Qatar, the Gulf state die An key interlocutor between the West and the Taliban.

European countries were not ready to open their embassies in to reopen Kabul, Fridh said, adding that more diplomatic missions would open in Qatar before there is a return to Afghanistan.

Reporting by Alexander Cornwell Editing by Ros Russell

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