Ready to Discuss Release of Frozen Afghan Funds with Taliban, Says US Special Envoy

7/26/2022

Thomas West, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan, said that Washington is ready to discuss the release of frozen Afghan funds with the Taliban.

Addressing the Tashkent International Conference, West called for assurances of transparency from the Taliban.

The US special representative for Afghanistan emphasised that the US and the Taliban have differences, but with winter approaching, the people of Afghanistan will face more problems. Hence, United States, as the largest donor of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, is ready to discuss with the Taliban the release of Afghan frozen funds, he stated.

Rina Amiri, the US Special Representative on Women and Human rights in Afghanistan, too, addressed the Tashkent conference. Amiri’s address was more focused on Afghan people's demand for education for girls, women's fundamental rights, and political stability.

The international meeting in Tashkent on Afghanistan started on Tuesday with a one-day delay.

Representatives of the United States, Russia, European Union, China, UK, India, Iran, Pakistan, and several other countries are participating in the Tashkent conference.

A delegation led by Amir Khan Muttaqi, the acting minister of foreign affairs of the Taliban, also participated in this meeting. However, Uzbekistan said that the presence of the group’s delegates in this meeting does not mean the recognition of the Taliban regime.

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