The Taliban have warned US and European envoys that they will continue attempts to put pressure on them through sanctions It will undermine security in Afghanistan It could lead to a wave of refugees.
“The weakening of the Afghan government is not in anyone’s interest because its negative effects will directly affect the world in security and economic migration from the country,” interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki told Western diplomats at the Doha talks, according to a statement released Tuesday in delay.
The Taliban overthrew the former US-backed Afghan government in August after a two-decade conflict.
But efforts to stabilize the country, which has yet to deal with attacks by the extremist Islamic State-Khorasan group, have been undermined by international sanctions, as banks ran out of cash and civil servants were not paid.
According to his spokesperson’s statement, Mottaki said before the Doha meeting: “We urge countries around the world to end existing sanctions and allow banks to operate normally. in so that charities, organizations and the government can pay their employees’ salaries with their own reserves. “
European countries in in particular, they fear that if the Afghan economy collapses, large numbers of migrants will leave for the continent, increasing the pressure on neighboring countries and ultimately on the borders of the European Union.
Washington and the European Union have said they are ready to support humanitarian initiatives in Afghanistan, but are concerned about providing direct support to the Taliban with no guarantees that they will respect human rights, in especially the rights of women.
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