A large package containing about $40 million in “humanitarian aid” cash was seen on the runway of an airport in Afghanistan, officials said last week.
The money was handed over to the Taliban-controlled Da Bank of Afghanistan, the central bank of Afghanistan, based in Kabul. The bank tweeted several pictures of the money.
One shows bundles of plastic-bound $100 bills boxed and bagged at an airport.
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“Another humanitarian aid package worth $40 million arrived in Afghanistan and was delivered to a commercial bank in Kabul. This is the second package that arrived in Afghanistan this week,” the caption read.
The bank did not say where the money came from. The bank has received several separate shipments of millions of dollars in recent weeks, according to several identical tweets it posted last month.
“Any principled action that leads to the transfer of reserves to the country and helps the needy people in society, Da Afghanistan Bank appreciates it and this bank will continue its efforts to strengthen the banking sector,” the bank said.
In September, the Biden administration announced the creation of a fund to assist the Afghan people, in addition to the country’s central bank.
“The Afghan Fund will help mitigate the economic challenges facing Afghanistan while protecting and preserving $3.5 billion in reserves from Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s central bank, for the benefit of the Afghan people ”said Wally Adeyemo, US assistant secretary of Afghanistan. Honey, he said at the time.
“The Taliban crackdown and economic mismanagement have exacerbated long-standing economic challenges for Afghanistan, including through actions that have reduced the capacity of key Afghan economic institutions and made the return of these funds to Afghanistan unsustainable,” he said. stated Adeyemo.
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Foreign aid stopped when the The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan in August 2021. World governments have piled up sanctions, halted bank transfers and frozen billions more in Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves.