The Taliban-led government in Afghanistan has urged the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions on them. They see sanctions as a threat to security and that could trigger a wave of refugees. The incumbent foreign minister told Western diplomats in Doha that weakening the Afghan government is not in anyone’s interest because the negative effects will directly affect the world.
“We urge countries around the world to lift existing sanctions and allow banks to operate normally so that charities, organizations and the government can pay their staff salaries with their own reserves and international financial assistance,” he said.
European countries are particularly concerned, as if the Afghan economy collapses, large numbers of migrants will head to the mainland. Washington and the EU have said they are ready to support humanitarian initiatives in Afghanistan. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said that the G20 will take coordinated action through the United Nations to address the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.
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