Taliban welcome the decision of the UN Security Council to exempt high-ranking officials from the travel ban

The Taliban leadership in Afghanistan has welcomed the decision of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to exclude a number of high-ranking Taliban officials from the travel ban. The UN Security Council has decided to exempt high-ranking Taliban leaders from the travel ban for 90 days from December 22, 2021 to March 21, 2022. Senior officials in the Islamic Emirates such as Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Ghani Baradar and Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai were exempted primarily from traveling to participate in peace and stability talks in other countries.

Meanwhile, the spokesman for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA), Inamullah Samangani, called for Taliban officials to be removed from the blacklists of the UN and the US. He stated that the removal should have happened a long time ago, ANI cite reported Khaama press. The UN Security Council’s blacklist on terrorism includes at least 14 members of the Taliban’s interim government in Kabul, including incumbent Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hasan Akhund. After taking control of Afghanistan and the announcement of a transitional government, the Taliban are also fighting for international recognition.

Afghanistan’s economy on the brink of collapse: UN

Afghanistan is fighting to support its economy, which according to UN estimates is on the verge of collapse. In addition to the country’s problems, organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have stopped paying grants to the war-ravaged country since the Taliban took control of Kabul. In addition, the United States also suspended accounts of the Afghan central bank for nearly $ 9 billion. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), several aid agencies and foreign governments stopped funding Afghanistan.

The UN wants to recommend aid totaling 8 billion US dollars to Afghanistan

Meanwhile, the United Nations has decided to recommend $ 8 billion in aid to Afghanistan for the coming year to help the country recover. The United Nations plan should go beyond its existing humanitarian mission and include the restoration of government structures and social services, such as: Wall Street Journal. Since the Taliban took over, international donors have allocated more than $ 1 billion to meet growing needs for the remainder of 2021, including providing food to seven million people in November.

With inputs from ANI

Image: Twitter / @ HabibiSamanangani / PTI

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