Taliban seek ties with US, other ex-foes

In open letter to US Congress, Taliban seek release of Afghan funds

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Kabul: On Wednesday, the Taliban called on US congressmen to release Afghan assets frozen after taking over Afghanistan, warning that domestic economic turmoil may cause trouble abroad.

In an open letter, Taliban Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said the biggest challenge facing Afghanistan was financial insecurity, “and the roots of this concern lead back to the freezing of assets of our people by the American government”.

Washington confiscated nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Central Bank of Afghanistan, and the aid-dependent economy has actually collapsed-civil servants have not paid for months, and the Treasury Department cannot pay for imports.

Mutaki wrote: “I salute you and want to share some thoughts on our bilateral relationship.” He pointed out that 2021 is the 100th anniversary of Washington’s recognition of the sovereignty of Afghanistan.

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