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Afghanistan’s frozen assets belong to Afghan people: UN

U.S. President Joe Biden froze more than $9 billion of Afghan assets in 2021 after the Taliban took over.

• September 29, 2022
António Guterres
António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Assets of Afghanistan that were frozen by other countries belong to the Afghan people and should be used for their benefit, said a UN spokesman.

“We believe that Afghan assets belong to the Afghan people, and they should be spent in a transparent way that benefits the Afghan people,” Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, said.

Mr Dujarric said efforts must be made to return the assets frozen by other countries to the Afghan people.

“It is critical that all such funds need to be handled in a transparent and accountable way, respecting international sanctions and need to ensure no money is used for illicit purposes,” he added.

U.S. President Joe Biden froze more than $9 billion of Afghan assets in 2021 after the Taliban took over.

In February, Mr Biden signed an executive order to free $7 billion out of the money and split between humanitarian aid for Afghanistan and a fund for victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States. 

(Xinhua/NAN)

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