The international community must take urgent action to prevent a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, the IMF said.
With the country currently cut off from International Monetary Fund funding, the Washington-based crisis lender is concerned about the fate of people in Afghanistan, spokesman Gerry Rice told reporters.
“We are ready to work with the international community to advocate for urgent action, and to prevent a humanitarian crisis,” Rice said.
Rice signaled IMF favoritism “by allowing the flow of remittances and small-scale remittances” to Afghanistan.
But the IMF cannot resume direct engagement with Afghanistan “until there is clarity within the international community on government recognition.”
“We are deeply concerned about the difficult economic situation in Afghanistan and the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and we have said that the immediate focus should really be on that humanitarian situation and helping to help the Afghan people.”
After the civilian government in Kabul quickly fell into the hands of the Taliban, the IMF and the World Bank suspended activities in the country, which meant a halt to aid as well as $ 340 million in new reserves released by the IMF last month.
And with Washington blocking access to most of the $ 9 billion Afghan reserves held overseas, the country is facing a money crisis.
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