US grants license for more flow of aid to Afghanistan despite sanctions

File Photo: Afghan woman walks a mosque in Herat, Afghanistan on September 10, 2021. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

September 24, 2021

By Daphne Psaledakis

United Nations (Reuters)-The United States paved the way for a stream of aid to Afghanistan on Friday, despite US sanctions on the Taliban, which seized control of the country last month. Humanitarian crisis.

The US Treasury said it has issued two general licenses. One allows certain international organizations, including the US government, NGOs, and the United Nations, to engage in transactions with the Taliban or Haqqani networks necessary to provide humanitarian assistance. ..

The second license permits certain transactions related to the export and re-export of food, pharmaceuticals and other items.

“The Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support their basic human needs,” said the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control. Andrea Gacki said in a statement.

She added that Washington will continue to work with financial institutions, NGOs and international organizations to facilitate the flow of agricultural products, medicines and other resources, while supporting sanctions on the Taliban, Haqqani Network and others.

Earlier this year, the United Nations said more than 18 million people, about half of Afghanistan’s population, needed help during the second drought in four years.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said last week that Afghanistan was “at risk of a dramatic humanitarian disaster” and decided to involve the Taliban to help the people of the country.

US President Joe Biden’s administration has said it has promised to continue its humanitarian activities in Afghanistan, despite Washington listing the Taliban as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Group.

Sanctions freeze US assets of Islamic extremist groups and prohibit Americans from dealing with them, including donations of funds, goods, or services.

Reuters reported last month that Washington issued a license to allow the US government and its partners to continue promoting humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.

The move on Friday will expand that particular license and allow international organizations and NGOs to pay taxes, fees, import taxes or permits, licenses, or other necessary transactions to help reach the people of Afghanistan. Make it possible.

According to a Treasury spokesperson, the license allows NGOs and foreign financial institutions to continue humanitarian assistance, including food, shelter, medical and medical services, including COVID-19 assistance.

“We have not eased sanctions pressures on Taliban leaders or significant restrictions on access to the international financial system,” a spokesman said.

The Taliban’s offensive, withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan after a 20-year war, occupied the capital Kabul on August 15, 20 years after being expelled from power by a U.S.-led campaign on September 11. bottom. Attack on the United States.

(Report by Daphne Psaledakis; edited by Mary Milliken and Grant McCool)

US grants license for more flow of aid to Afghanistan despite sanctions

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