US To Deliver Humanitarian Aid To Afghanistan

United State is to provide Afghanistan with humanitarian aid and also help facilitate deliveries from other agencies, the Taliban said on Monday.

The first, face-to-face meeting between representatives of the Taliban and U.S. since the Islamist movement’s takeover Afghanistan held in Doha, Qatar at the weekend.

The Taliban Foreign Ministry said the new government in Kabul would work with charitable agencies to transparently deliver humanitarian assistance to those who deserve.

The U.S. Department of State on Sunday said that discussions between the Taliban and U.S. officials were candid and professional.

The Taliban hoped that Washington and Kabul could work together to get diplomatic relations to a “better state” and aid should not be linked to politics.

Taliban Foreign Minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi on Saturday said that during the meeting his side requested that the U.S. unfreeze Afghanistan’s assets.

Following the Taliban takeover in August, the U.S. froze close to 9 billion dollars’ worth of assets in the country.

“The move led to a drastic shortage of currency, as well as spikes in the price of basic food items and fuel.

“There are growing concerns that the country’s economy and health system are on the brink of collapse.

“The UN recently warned 1 million Afghan children are at risk of starvation as winter approaches.”

dpa

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