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Taliban Urge United States to show Heart to Afghanistan

September 15, 2021

The Taliban thanked the international community for pledging hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan, and urged the US to show “heart” to the impoverished country. At a donor conference in Geneva on Monday, states pledged a total of $1.2 billion in aid for Afghanistan, which was taken over by the Islamist group in a surprise attack last month that caught retreating US troops off guard. Afghanistan, which is already heavily reliant on aid, is in the midst of a financial crisis, with the new government unable to pay salaries and food prices rapidly increasing.

Afghanistan’s Acting foreign minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi, told a news conference that the Taliban would spend donor money wisely and use it to help the poor. He also urged that Washington must show appreciation to the Taliban for allowing the US to complete a troop withdrawal and the evacuation of over 120,000 people last month. Muttaqi claimed that Afghanistan, which is also suffering from a drought, had already received aid from Pakistan, Qatar, and Uzbekistan, but he did not give any further details.

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