WASHINGTON: The US on Friday introduced two exemptions to its sanctions imposed on Afghanistan in a bid to facilitate the entry of humanitarian support into the conflict-wracked, Taliban-controlled nation.
The provisions enable the US authorities, support teams and worldwide organizations “to have interaction within the provision of humanitarian help to Afghanistan or different actions that assist primary human wants” there, the US Treasury stated in a press release.
Additionally they enable “sure transactions associated to the exportation or reexportation of agricultural commodities, drugs, and medical units,” the assertion stated.
“Treasury will proceed to work with monetary establishments, worldwide organizations and the nongovernmental group neighborhood to ease the circulation of crucial sources, like agricultural items, drugs, and different important provides, to folks in want,” stated Andrea Gacki, director of the Treasury’s Workplace of International Property Management.
Nevertheless, Washington will proceed “upholding and implementing our sanctions towards the Taliban, the Haqqani community, and different sanctioned entities.”
Confronted with sanctions and a cutoff in overseas support following the Taliban’s takeover of the nation final month, Afghanistan is going through a mounting financial disaster as gasoline and meals costs rise and money runs brief.
The Worldwide Financial Fund and the World Financial institution suspended actions within the nation following the Taliban takeover, which meant withholding support in addition to $340 million in new reserves issued by the IMF final month.
Washington can also be blocking entry to a lot of the $9 billion in Afghan reserves held abroad, fueling the money crunch that the ousted authorities’s central financial institution chief warns may create an financial disaster.