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Blinken-Doha News in talks with Qatar FM, where the U.S. approves aid to Afghanistan

US Treasuries have issued additional general licenses to enable aid to Afghanistan, despite the existence of sanctions against the Taliban.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken thanked Qatar for continuing to support the safe transport of Afghanistan and foreigners from Kabul, Washington spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement. Wednesday..

This is done on the phone between Blinken and his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullahman Altani, the former congratulating the Qatari people on National Foundation Day, which is celebrated on December 18. Did.

“”Talked to Qatar’s Foreign Minister Congratulations on your recent compliance with Qatar’s National Foundation Day. We also recognized Qatar’s continued efforts to support the safe transportation of LPR with US citizens from Afghanistan. ” Blinken..

After the Taliban hijacked Kabul on August 15, Qatar went beyond the peace process in Afghanistan and promoted rapid evacuation from Afghanistan. In recent months, Gulf countries have evacuated more than 70,000 Afghanistan and foreigners, including US citizens.

He also moved the Washington Consulate from Kabul to Doha and continued diplomatic activities after the chaotic departure of the United States. Qatar and the United States subsequently signed an agreement in November, allowing the former to represent Washington’s interests in Afghanistan.

Civil flight in Afghanistan resumed on September 9 for the first time since the withdrawal of troops on August 31 was completed. Since then, flights from Kabul to Doha have continued, with some refugees remaining in the Gulf countries before heading to their final destination.

US aid decision

Meanwhile, the US Treasury announced on Wednesday the issuance of an additional general license to enable the provision of assistance to Afghanistan, despite sanctions on the Taliban.

according to US State Department Statement, Ministry of Finance Foreign Assets Control Bureau issued three general licenses [OFAC]”Expanding existing approvals for the provision of humanitarian aid,” he said.

Afghanistan FM says the Taliban-led government meets all the requirements for global recognition

“While US sanctions against the Taliban continue to be implemented, OFAC has broad approvals to ensure that non-governmental organizations, international organizations, and the US government continue to provide support and critical support to the most vulnerable Afghanistan. We are providing, “the statement added.

In addition, the United States has promised to provide Afghanistan with one million additional Covid-19 vaccinations through COVAX, increasing the total number of jabs to 4.3 million.

Washington also said it provided nearly $ 474 million in humanitarian aid to Afghanistan and Afghan refugees in the region during the 2021 fiscal year.

This is because Afghanistan faces the deterioration of the humanitarian situation caused by many years of war and drought.

The United States contributed to the situation by freezing up to $ 10 billion in Afghanistan’s reserves when the Taliban hijacked Kabul on August 15, and the International Monetary Fund [IMF] It also stopped funding the country.

The United Nations warned in October this year that more than half of the country, at least 22 million Afghanistan, are at risk of facing “severe” hunger during the harsh winter season.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon recently said There are no military personnel After first claiming that the ISIS-K terrorists were on the scene, they will face punishment for the August 29 drone attack that killed 10 members of the same family in Afghanistan.

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