The Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Kanni Wignaraja, said that talks on the $3.5 billion of Afghan assets are still continuing, particularly on how to provide the funds to Afghanistan.
Kanni Wignaraja made the remarks at a UN press conference which was held on the situation in Afghanistan.
“How it (Afghan assets) would be useful, has not been worked out yet. They are looking at setting up a board with multiple partners and stake holders to look at that decision. The only... The US administration is discussing this and the State Department is discussing how this would be… multiple stakeholders on this board, who would then look at the use of this fund. There was not a discussion on the other half of the moneys, but certainly on the $3.5 billion the understanding is on how can it get into the country to stabilize the macroeconomy and to look at private sector engagement and to look at some of the essential services including electricity in the – in the country,” she said.
Some political analysts believe that the reopening of schools is the key to progress in negotiations between the United States and the Islamic Emirate.
"From the Afghanistan side, reopening girls' schools will be a progressive step to negotiations between the Islamic Emirate and the international community," said Tariq Farhadi, political analyst.
"It's important that the Islamic Emirate divides power equally between Afghan tribes," said Ahmad Munib Rasa, political analyst.
Meanwhile, US special envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West met with Pakistan's Minister of State, Hina Rabbani Khar, and discussed Afghanistan, with both sides expressing commitment for a peaceful, prosperous and stable Afghanistan, Pakistan's foreign office said.