Moscow calls on the United States to lift the embargo on Afghan assets

Total reserves of the Central Bank of Afghanistan reached $9.4 billion at the end of April, according to the International Monetary Fund. (Photo: 123RF)

Russia called, on Monday, for the release of the cash reserves of the Central Bank of Afghanistan, frozen in the United States since the Taliban took control of the country, for fear of an explosion in traffic.

“If our Western colleagues are really concerned about the fate of the Afghan people, we should not create additional problems for them by freezing gold and foreign exchange reserves,” said Zamir Kabulov, the Kremlin’s envoy in Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

According to him, it is urgent to “unfreeze these assets (…) to support the path of the collapsed currency.”

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M. Kaboulov a en outre jugé que, sans ces réserves, le nouveau pouvoir afghan sera tenté de se tourner vers “le trafic d’opiacés illégaux” et “d’écouler sur le marché noir les armes” abandonnéetées paraf’e United States of America.

Total reserves of the Central Bank of Afghanistan reached $9.4 billion at the end of April, according to the International Monetary Fund. The majority of this money is located outside Afghanistan.

Washington had indicated that the Taliban would not be able to access the assets located in the United States, without specifying the amount involved.

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