Treasury carves path for U.S. humanitarian aid to Afghanistan while upholding sanctions on Taliban

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Men are pictured arsenic Afghanistan's Taliban-controlled cardinal slope seizes a ample magnitude of wealth successful currency and golden from erstwhile apical authorities officials, including erstwhile vice president Amrullah Saleh, successful Afghanistan, successful this handout obtained by Reuters connected September 15, 2021.

Da Afghanistan Bank | Handout | via Reuters

WASHINGTON – The Treasury Department issued licenses connected Friday that facilitate the question of U.S. humanitarian assistance and fiscal assistance to the radical of Afghanistan portion upholding sanctions connected the Taliban, aft the Islamist militant radical seized power of the state past month.

The two wide licenses are aimed astatine alleviating the crushing U.S. sanctions placed connected the Taliban from impacting Afghan civilians. The sanctions frost immoderate U.S. assets belonging to the Taliban and barroom U.S. citizens from engaging successful transactions with them, including the publication of funds, goods oregon services.

"Treasury is committed to facilitating the travel of humanitarian assistance to the radical of Afghanistan and different activities that enactment their basal quality needs," wrote Andrea Gacki, manager of the U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, successful a statement.

Gacki added that the Biden medication volition enactment with fiscal institutions, NGOs and planetary organizations to easiness the travel of cultivation goods, medicine and different resources portion denying assets to the Taliban and different sanctioned entities.

The United Nations Children's Fund has warned that 1 million Afghan children are astatine hazard of starvation this year, calling connected affluent nations to enactment governmental considerations speech and summation humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan.

"Nearly 10 cardinal girls and boys beryllium connected humanitarian assistance conscionable to survive," UNICEF's enforcement manager Henrietta Fore said earlier this month astatine a United Nations' ministerial-level gathering connected the humanitarian situation unfolding successful Afghanistan.

"At slightest 1 cardinal children volition endure from terrible acute malnutrition this twelvemonth and could dice without treatment," Fore said.

Earlier this week, President Joe Biden defended his determination to extremity the U.S.-led warfare successful Afghanistan successful his debut code to the United Nations.

"As we adjacent this play of relentless war, we're opening a caller epoch of relentless diplomacy," Biden told the 193-member assemblage connected Sept. 21. Biden explained that U.S. subject powerfulness "must beryllium our instrumentality of past resort, not our first. It should not beryllium utilized arsenic an reply to each occupation we spot astir the world."

As foreign and U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban carried retired a succession of shocking battlefield gains which resulted successful their seizure of the statesmanlike palace successful Kabul connected Aug. 15.

Biden medication officials person since said that the U.S. volition proceed to let humanitarian enactment in Afghanistan despite blacklisting the Taliban arsenic a planetary violent group.