Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban caretaker government’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated at the Tashkent international conference on Afghanistan, that the new government has established security, and has managed to provide education, health, economic and other services “within its capacity.”

According to Foreign Minister Muttaqi, the two-decade conflict that has ravaged Afghanistan and the economic model that has been wrecked by US sanctions are what are mostly to blame for the country’s extreme poverty.

These, as per Muttaqi, have not only impeded international business and financial operations but have also affected public-benefiting government activities.

He claimed that during times of political upheaval in Afghanistan, their leader established a culture of tolerance and acceptance by granting general amnesty to all members of the military and political opposition and ending the destructive four-decade practice of retaliation.

He said that Afghanistan had generated net domestic revenue for the first time and that this allowed the nation to fund its budget.

The minister also reiterated on their firm commitment to the international community, under the Doha agreement, of not allowing its members or any other individual or group to threaten the security of others.

At the same time, the US is prepared to engage and discuss with the Taliban to unfreeze Afghanistan bank’s frozen reserves, according to Thomas West, the US special representative for peace affairs in Afghanistan, who made this statement during the conference.

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  • Saqalain Eqbal is an Online Editor for Khaama Press. He is a Law graduate from The American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).