Spokesman for the Afghan interim government, Zabihullah Mujahid, warned that his government will reconsider its policy toward the United States, if Washington does not back down from what he described as provocative actions and its "irresponsible" decision to freeze Afghanistan's funds in American banks.
In a statement issued by the government spokesman's office in Kabul, which is led by the Taliban movement, the Afghan government denounced what it described as the unjustified decision that violates the rights of all Afghans who have nothing to do with the events of September 11, according to its statement.
The statement stated that the administration of President Joe Biden's freezing of Afghanistan's funds in US banks is contrary to international norms.
On Friday, the US President signed an executive order allowing the United States to dispose of $7 billion of Afghan Central Bank funds deposited with American financial institutions, half of which he wants to allocate to the families of the victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The other half of the frozen Afghan funds will be allocated - according to the Biden administration - to provide humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, taking care that the funds do not fall into the hands of the Taliban movement, which has led the government in Kabul since the return of its control over the country last August after the US withdrawal.
In the first reaction on Friday, Taliban spokesman Muhammad Naim condemned on Twitter the US measure, saying that "the theft and confiscation of the money of the Afghan people by the United States constitute the lowest level of human and moral decadence for a country and a nation."
Afghanistan is witnessing a major humanitarian crisis in the wake of a devastating 20-year war, in which international aid, which makes up 75% of the Afghan budget, has been suspended since the Taliban's return to power.
For months, the United Nations has been calling for the easing of sanctions imposed on Afghanistan to avoid the country's collapse.
Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mottaki (left) leads the Afghan government delegation (Anatolia)
Talks in Doha
Meanwhile, representatives of the member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council stressed the importance of meeting the urgent humanitarian needs in Afghanistan and overcoming the challenges of humanitarian action.
This came in a statement issued on Monday after their meeting with the acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki in the Qatari capital, Doha.
The statement stressed the importance of achieving national reconciliation and reaching a consensual political solution. The statement condemned terrorist operations targeting civilians and civilian facilities in Afghanistan.
He also stressed the importance of the current government in Afghanistan ensuring that Afghan territory is not used by any terrorist group, stressing the importance of adhering to the resolutions of the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in this regard.
For its part, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said that the meeting also discussed the political, economic and security conditions and the humanitarian needs of the Afghan people.
This meeting between representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council with the Taliban delegation in Doha is the first official for the representatives of cooperation in Qatar after the Al-Ula summit in Riyadh.
For its part, the French Press Agency quoted a British official as saying that the Afghan government delegation will seek, during its meetings with European and Gulf diplomats, to renew the international community's demand to provide financial aid that Kabul needs in light of its severe crisis.
The agency said that the delegation headed by Mottaki is scheduled to meet in Doha with European and Gulf diplomats, and is expected to present their human rights demands in Afghanistan.
In a related context, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned - on Sunday - that the refusal of the United States to recognize the Taliban government in Afghanistan, with imposing sanctions and freezing Afghan assets, could push the country into a state of chaos and threaten the stability of Pakistan.Keywords: