The Taliban caretaker government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement, said that a delegation from the ministry discussed Afghanistan’s frozen foreign assets, economic stability, and humanitarian relief, with the American delegation in Tashkent.
According to the Taliban Foreign Ministry’s Deputy Spokesman, Hafiz Zia Ahmad, the Taliban group sought the release of Afghan resources during their meeting with the US high-ranking delegation, which included senior officials from the US Treasury Department.
According to Reuters, the US and the Taliban have exchanged proposals and approaches to place the Central Bank of Afghanistan’s holdings in a trust fund.
However, one of the major disagreements between the two parties is the Taliban’s refusal to dismiss the head of Afghanistan’s Central Bank.
Neither the US Treasury Department nor the US delegation to the Tashkent conference have made any statements regarding this meeting, yet.
After the meeting, however, the US special representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, said that US representatives continued to discuss with “Taliban and Afghan technocrats regarding the macroeconomic stability” of Afghanistan.
The Taliban Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Finance, and the Deputy Head of the Central Bank of Afghanistan were all present at this meeting, according to the Taliban government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which does not provide any other detail.
For as long as almost two decades, the development of Afghanistan was largely shaped by the United States and its Western allies.
However, since the Taliban took over about a year ago, regional states such as Uzbekistan are growingly driving international involvement while the US and the West hold out for Taliban concessions.