Taliban authorities met with Scott Smith, a top UNAMA official and representatives of the World Bank for Afghanistan, and discussed economic challenges and the need for further humanitarian aid, according to local sources.
Representatives of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the World Bank stressed on seeking solution to the existing economic issues through effective and broad-based mechanisms, a statement from Arg said.
“UNAMA strives to cooperate with the Islamic Emirate to alleviate poverty in Afghanistan and provide basic services to Afghans,” Smith said.
He said two separate meetings will be held in New York and Brussels on Afghanistan, adding UNAMA will try to convince participants to provide more assistance to the people of Afghanistan during these difficult times.
Meanwhile, World Bank representative reiterated that the global body will continue engaging with the people of Afghanistan in the humanitarian and health sectors.
Mawlavi Zakir, head of the acting prime minister’s office thanked UNAMA and the World Bank for their continued assistance and emphasized that currently Afghans are plagued with dire economic challenges – needing more humanitarian assistance.
Furthermore, Mawlavi Zakir said that restrictions on Afghanistan’s banking sector is a critical challenge which should be lifted so that country’s banking sector would be connected to the global banking system.
Meanwhile, they also discussed the recent development in terms of security, economy growth, reduction of corruption, fight against drug trafficking and more.