U.S. authorizes certain transactions with Taliban to maintain the flow of aid

U.S. authorizes certain transactions with Taliban to maintain the flow of aid ...

WASHINGTON, December 22, - The United States on Wednesday exempted U.S. and U.N. officials who did official business with the Taliban from U.S. sanctions to help Afghanistan as it sinks deeper into a humanitarian crisis.

To clarify that, it wasn't clear whether the move would allow the Islamists to make for the security of a U.S. package worth 6 million dollars.

The Reuters on Tuesday exclusively reported that U.S. plan would subsidize salaries of Americans who guard U.S. facilities and pay their monthly food allowances, a proposal that raised questions about the nature of the payment as violations of U.S. sanctions.

The Treasury Department declined to tell whether the new license would exempt the US proposed military payments from U.S. sanctions on the Taliban.

After naming the Taliban, Washington has barred American assets from being frozen and canceled.

The Treasury issued three general licenses on Wednesday aimed at easing humanitarian aid flows into Afghanistan.

Among the two licenses, U.S. officials and international organizations, such as the United Nations, can participate in international activities like Taliban or Haqqani network or the United Nations's nuclear operation.

A third license is granted to organizations nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for work on specific activities, including humanitarian projects.

A senior administration official said the Taliban would have to move to prevent the economic collapse of Afghanistan.

"What we could do, what we will work to do, is to fight the humanitarian crisis by getting the Afghan government money. These general licenses will let us help organizations doing this work doing the same," said the official.

Afghanistan's economic crisis accelerated after the Taliban seized power in August, the former government, which was backed by the Western government collapsed, and the last troops withdrew from the U.S.

As part of the cuts, the United States and other banks made money, and the hard currency assets in Afghanistan were frozen with over $9 billion.

The United Nations says nearly 23 million people about 55% of the population repress hunger in the form of an extreme number of poor people, with nearly nine million at risk of famine as winter turns out.

"We'll continue to support our partners in the effort to help increase the number of people in this special need," said Secretary of State of the United States Antony Blinken in a statement.

In a bid to address the crisis, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution exempting donors, aid groups and financial institutions involved in humanitarian aid from U.S. asset freezes.

The exemption is aimed solely on the provision of humanitarian assistance and other activities that support basic human needs in Afghanistan, which the council will review in the next year, said Jeffrey DeLaurentis, senior adviser to the United Nations, at asking for approval of the measure.

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