Taliban urges US to show ‘heart’

The Taliban called on the US to show its “heart” in future deals, and thanked the world for its pledge of hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

“America is a big country. They need a big heart,” Amir Khan Muttaqi, Afghanistan’s interim government foreign minister, said at a press conference today. He asked Washington to show appreciation, after the Taliban allowed them to complete the withdrawal and evacuate more than 120,000 people last month.

Taliban soldiers stand guard at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 5.  Photo: Reuters.

Taliban soldiers stand guard at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on September 5. Photo: Reuters.

Muttaqi also mentioned that the international community pledged a total of $1.2 billion in aid to Afghanistan at the United Nations conference, declaring that the Taliban would spend this money wisely to alleviate poverty. “The emirate will do its best to provide this aid to the poor in a completely transparent manner,” the Taliban official said.

The Taliban took over Afghanistan on August 15 after quickly toppling the Western-backed government. Referring to the flight to evacuate US citizens after the country completed its withdrawal from Afghanistan, US National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said on September 9 that the Taliban had cooperated, “professionally and methodically” “, indicating a “positive first step” with the Afghan interim government.

Before the Taliban took control of the country, about 18 million people, or half of the population, depended on aid. UN officials and aid organizations fear that number will rise due to drought, cash and food shortages under the new administration.

The sudden cessation of billions of dollars in aid to Afghanistan by countries after the collapse of the old government further compounded the difficulties. The World Health Organization (WHO) is also looking to support health facilities at risk of closing after many donors withdrew from Afghanistan.

Luster (Follow AFP)

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