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Taliban calls for release of frozen funds after deadly earthquake

26/6/2022 6:15
        Afghanistan's Taliban administration on Saturday called on international governments to roll back sanctions and lift a freeze on central bank assets
        following the earthquake that killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless.
        
        The 6.1-magnitude quake that struck the east of the country early on Wednesday destroyed or damaged 10,000 homes and injured about 2,000 people, straining the country's fragile health system and posing a major test for the ruling Taliban.
        
        "The Islamic Emirate is asking the world to give the Afghans their most basic right, which is their right to life and that is through lifting the sanctions and unfreezing our assets and also giving assistance," Abdul Qahar Balkhi, foreign affairs ministry spokesman, told Reuters in an interview.
        
        While humanitarian aid continues to flow to Afghanistan, funds needed for longer-term development were halted when the Taliban seized control of the country in August 2021 as foreign forces withdrew.
        
        The administration of the hard line Islamist group is not formally recognised by international governments.
        



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