The Islamic Emirate urged the US and international community to unfreeze the assets of Afghanistan’s Central Bank.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) held a conference on Thursday to collect aid for the vulnerable Afghans who have been affected by recent floods and earthquakes in the country.
"Talking at the conference, the acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said that the release of Afghan assets is necessary in the current situation.
“We call on the international community to unfreeze the frozen assets of Afghanistan and lift all sanctions to pave the way for trade and export,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Iran ambassador in Kabul called on the international community to press the US to release Afghanistan’s assets.
“I, on behalf of Afghanistan, call on the Republic of Iran to unfreeze all assets of the oppressed Afghan nation,” said Sayed Qassim Zakiri, an Iranian diplomat.
The Ministry of Economy stressed the need for investment in infrastructure and the modernization of agriculture systems in the country to improve the country’s economy.
“They may start the development aid to Afghanistan. In addition to aid, they may focus on Afghanistan’s infrastructure that can facilitate job opportunities and also root out poverty,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, the Deputy Minister of Economy.
The economists believe that there is a need to release Afghan assets to recover the country’s economy.
“There is a need for the release of the Afghan assets to pave the ground for foreign investment and also to facilitate Afghanistan’s trade with other countries,” said Darya Khan Baheer, an economist.
After the Islamic Emirate swept into power, the US and international community seized more than $9 billion in Afghan assets.