Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister urges international donors to restart aid

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Afghanistan’s acting foreign minister on Tuesday called on international donors to resume aid, as the Taliban government seeks to shore up the country’s finances heavily dependent on external aid after 40 years of near-constant war.

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Most international donors have halted aid since the insurgent Taliban returned to power last month after wiping out government forces.

“Afghanistan is a war-torn country and it needs the assistance of the international community in various fields, especially education, health and development,” Amir Khan Muttaki told a news conference in the capital Kabul.


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“Projects that remain unfinished need to be completed to avoid wastage of resources,” he said, calling for more assistance from multilateral donors including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.

Following the acquisition, the United States froze Afghanistan’s dollar-denominated bank deposits, which make up most of the central bank’s reserves.

Muttaki said the international community should not politicize its aid to Afghanistan.

“(We) helped America till our last man was evacuated, but unfortunately America froze our assets instead of thanking us,” Muttaki said.

“The United States is a great country so it takes a lot of patience, we must help each other.”

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