Taliban leaders call for international aid as refugee exodus looms

Taliban leaders call for international aid as refugee exodus looms

Taliban leaders have once more appealed to the international community to extend aid to Afghanistan amid a worsening economic crisis that could spark a refugee exodus.

According to Press TV, Deputy Foreign Minister, Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, said on Saturday that the Kabul government needed billions of dollars of central bank reserves frozen by the United States to combat a worsening humanitarian situation.

Speaking at a special meeting to mark the United Nation’s International Migrants Day, which was attended by representatives of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and UNHCR, the UN refugee organization, Stanikzai said that ordinary Afghans were bearing the brunt of the crisis, not the ruling Taliban leaders, who seized power four months ago.

“The impact of the frozen funds is on the common people and not Taliban authorities,” he said, making the case for the urgency of international aid.

The Taliban official warned of an imminent mass migration…

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