International banks can transfer money to Afghanistan for humanitarian purposes and aid agencies can pay the salaries of teachers and health workers in all state-run institutions, the United States said. The US Department of Treasury has said the international banks can process transactions related to humanitarian operations that include settlement, clearing, and transfer through or otherwise involving privately owned and state owned Afghan depository institutions, reports Khaama Press. As per the new announcement of the US, aid groups and international banks will violate no sanctions by doing so.
The department permitted transactions involving the Taliban, which also included the blacklisted Haqqani Network. According to the report, these transactions include signing agreements to provide aid directly to the Afghan people, general aid coordination, including import, administration, and sharing the office. “Payments of taxes, fees. or import duties to, or the purchase or receipt of permits, licences, or public utility services from the Taliban, Haqqani Network or any entity in which they own more than 50 per cent is authorised for humanitarian operations, the Treasury said.
The announcement comes a week after UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that Afghanistan is hanging by a thread. “Six months after the takeover by the Taliban. Afghanistan is hanging by a thread. For Afghans, daily life has become a frozen hell,” Guterres told a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the country last week. The Afghan economy has been crumbling since the Taliban takeover. The country’s foreign assets were frozen and a number of countries and organisations refused to cooperate with the Taliban government.