Taliban slams splitting Afghan assets as theft, moral decline of US
Biden intends to split the Afghan assets to be shared between humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan and 9/11 victims’ families.
The Taliban movement sees the US decision to split the Afghan funds held in US banks between humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan and 9/11 victims’ families as a showcase of theft and US moral decline, Mohammad Naeem, a spokesperson for the Taliban political office, said.
"The theft of blocked money belonging to the people of Afghanistan by the United States, as well as taking possession of it, is a showcase of the human and moral decline of the country and people," Naeem said on Twitter.
Mohammad Naeem, a #Taliban spokesman, accused the US of "stealing" Afghan money and tweeted that seizing Afghan money represented the "lowest level of human and moral of a country and a nation." #PaykMedia #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/s1WimMtOAw— Payk Media - Revealing the Truth (@PaykMedia) February 11, 2022
Joe Biden signed an executive order releasing $7 billion in frozen Afghan funds to be shared between humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan and American victims of "terrorism", including 9/11 families.
According to The New York Times, the intricate strategy is intended to address a slew of legal blockages originating from the September 11 attacks and the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan.
After the Taliban seized the nation in August, the government was dissolved leaving behind over $7 billion in central bank assets deposited with the US Federal Reserve Bank in New York. The Taliban took over the central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank, and claimed ownership of funds.
It is assumed that half of these funds will be used in the future to meet the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people after the relevant court decision. At the same time, the remaining $3.5 billion will remain in the United States and will be used to compensate the families of victims of terrorist attacks, including the September 11 attacks.