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PublishDate: Wednesday, December 1, 2021 10:02

U.S. Officials Pledge Continued Support For Humanitarian Aid During Meeting With Taliban

A U.S. delegation has met with senior Taliban representatives in Doha, Qatar, to discuss the international community's response to a humanitarian crisis and other issues facing Afghanistan, the U.S. State Department said on November 30.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The two sides "discussed the international community's ongoing and urgent response" to the humanitarian crisis during meetings on November 29 and 30, and the U.S. delegation pledged to continue to support the efforts of the UN and humanitarian organizations to meet the needs of the Afghan people during the coming winter, State Department spokesman said in a statement.

"The United States remains committed to ensuring that .S._sanctions do not limit the ability of Afghan civilians to receive humanitarian support from the U.S. government and international community while denying assets to sanctioned entities and individuals," Price said.

The Treasury Department has issued general licenses to support the continued flow of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and other activities that support basic human needs, Price said.

U.S. financial sanctions and the abrupt withdrawal of most foreign aid and development support following the Taliban's takeover have sent the -torn_country's economy into free fall, while Afghan central bank reserves held abroad have been frozen.

As a result, the United Nations says Afghanistan is on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe, with more than half of its population at risk of not having enough to eat during the winter.

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