Taliban rejects UN warning of economic collapse in Afghanistan

File – Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid speaks at a press conference in Kabul. – KABIR / XINHUA NEWS / CONTACTOPHOTO

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid on Wednesday rejected United Nations predictions of Afghanistan’s economic collapse, saying it will not happen thanks to the country’s «deep popular roots» and not having a «system dependent on foreign aid.»

«The UN’s claim that the system will collapse because of economic problems is not correct,» the spokesman for the fundamentalist group wrote on his Twitter profile, asserting, in contrast to international humanitarian organizations and offices, that Afghanistan is not dependent on foreign aid.

While Mujahid has denied the major, he has conceded that, «of course», there will be «economic problems» since Afghanistan «has experienced a long war and continuous invasions».

«The Islamic Emirate is firmly determined to revive all the economic resources of the country, restore the economy and over the last year and a half, important steps have been taken and are still continuing,» he reiterated.

Since the final takeover of Afghanistan in August 2021 by the Taliban, the humanitarian crisis in the country has worsened, partly because of the policies of the fundamentalists themselves, but also because of the sanctions imposed by the international community, which among other things have frozen the assets that the Afghan state has in financial entities in other countries.

Humanitarian agencies have denounced the obstacles imposed by the Taliban to enable them to carry out their operations, on which the vast majority of the population, which is currently facing food and medicine shortages and one of the harshest winters in recent years, depends.

The Taliban’s decision not to allow women to work in these types of agencies – which adds to the string of misogynistic restrictions they have been quick to impose since their arrival – has caused many of them to cease operations, thus deepening the precarious situation in the country.


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