On Tuesday, the Taliban leaders welcomed the international community for vowing aid of hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency assistance to Afghans. On the other side, they condemned the criticism from the United States and others about their interim government. Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting foreign minister of the Taliban government, vowed the Taliban would ensure aid reaches those who need it.
Several years of conflict, war, severe drought, and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed the already developing nation to the edge. Since the swept back to the government, conditions got worse last month as the U.S. and Western-allied forces pulled out and foreign aid dried up. Last week, the insurgents announced an acting government in the Afghan capital.
Taliban welcome billion dollar aid by the UN and international community. Countries who endorsed aid to the people of Afghanistan are non-Muslim. Taliban term these countries enemies of Islam and Islamic principles. pic.twitter.com/GC8OSbGhkR
— Afghanistan Defenders (@AfghanistanDef9) September 14, 2021
On Monday, an international conference in Geneva saw donors of the United Nations vowed over $1 billion in aid to help combat the worsening humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Furthermore, the U.N. warned the country’s economy is on the edge of collapse, and hundreds and millions of people could soon run out of food.
Muttaqi insisted that the Afghans desperately need help, but this humanitarian relief shouldn’t link to any political reasons. The acting foreign minister also requested the world to unfreeze the assets of Afghanistan to enable the capital to use its own money to stop a falling humanitarian crisis. Since the seizure of the Taliban, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank froze the access of Afghanistan to funding, while the U.S. froze billions of dollars held in its reserve for Kabul.
Will the U.S. establish direct diplomatic engagement with the Taliban-led government?
Antony Blinken, the United States Secretary of State, reiterated on Monday that the direct diplomatic engagement of Washington with any Taliban-led régime would link to whether it sustains the commitments of insurgents to fight terrorism and support human rights, including those of minorities and women. Blinken said that the provisional government of the Taliban falls very short of the mark set by the global community for inclusivity, an administration that is widely representative of the Afghan nationals, not just the insurgents and its community.