The Taliban has proposed a joint agency of its officials and international representatives to coordinate billions of dollars in planned aid.
The Taliban government, which has seized control of Afghanistan, has proposed creating a joint agency of its officials and international representatives to coordinate a multi-billion dollar Program Aid.
It is unclear whether the United Nations and foreign governments will support any such deal, as it would greatly increase the Taliban’s access to international funding, whose officials have been held up by sanctions.
Last year, the abrupt withdrawal of foreign aid after a hasty U.S. withdrawal and the Taliban’s victory in August left Afghanistan’s fragile economy in limbo. the brink of collapse, with rapidly rising food prices, causing widespread hunger.
Western sanctions targeting the Taliban have also blocked the passage of essential food and medicines, although that has eased after the UN Security Council and the United States passed waivers in December.
“The goal of the committee is to coordinate at a higher level to facilitate humanitarian aid from the international community,” Afghanistan’s acting deputy prime minister, Abdul Salam Hanafi, told a news conference in Kabul on Wednesday. And distribute aid to those in need.” Special Envoy Ramiz Arakbarov.
“We ask the international community that they should use the government’s capacity to achieve their aid goals.”
Foreign governments face warning Millions may starve to death We are increasing humanitarian aid as the economic crisis deepens, but hopefully without government interference.
A spokesman for Afghanistan’s finance ministry said the proposal for a joint agency would be discussed with the United Nations within the next 24 hours.
Arakbarov, the UN secretary general’s deputy special representative for Afghanistan, told Reuters that UN agencies had communicated their request for assistance to the Taliban.
Their top condition is access to the entire country, including female staff.