Taliban promises women’s rights and media freedom,US freezes the Afghan central bank’s assets
The Taliban has promised women’s rights, media freedom, and amnesty for government officials in the group’s first news conference after taking charge of the Afghan capital, Kabul.
He also said Taliban wished for peaceful relations with other countries and that no group will be allowed to use Afghan territory for attacks against any nation.
“I would like to assure the international community, including the United States, that nobody will be harmed,” Mujahid said. “We don’t want any internal or external enemies.”
On the other hand U.S. has frozen nearly $9.5 billion in assets belonging to the Afghan central bank and stopped shipments of cash to the nation as it tries to keep a Taliban-led government from accessing the money, an administration official confirmed Tuesday.
The official said that any central bank assets that the Afghan government has in the U.S. will not be available to the Taliban, which remains on the Treasury Department’s sanctions designation list.
The group previously declared an “amnesty” across Afghanistan and urged women to join its government, trying to calm nerves across a tense capital city that only the day before saw chaos as thousands mobbed the city’s international airport in a desperate attempt to flee.
The exodus from Kabul continues. Aryana Sayeed, one of Afghanistan’s biggest music stars, has taken an evacuation flight out of the capital.
One of Afghanistan's biggest pop stars (the equivalent of Kylie Minogue) Aryana Sayeed fled on a US evacuation flight to Doha overnight pic.twitter.com/3MsQ2iieYA— Rashida Yosufzai (@Rashidajourno) August 17, 2021
“I am alive and well and, after a couple of unforgettable nights, have reached Doha,” she posted online.
“I hope and pray, as a result of the recent changes, at the very least my beautiful people will be able to start living a peaceful life without the fear of suicide bombers and explosions.”
Some 20,000 Afghans are to be welcomed to the UK in coming years as the government unveiled the details of a scheme to provide sanctuary for those most at risk of persecution by the Taliban.
Boris Johnson has promised that up to 5,000 Afghans can find refuge in the UK this year, with up to 20,000 in the longer term.