IMF warns of “looming humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said Thursday it was concerned about the “imminent humanitarian crisis” in Afghanistan, and called on the international community to act urgently.

“We are extremely concerned about the difficult economic and humanitarian situation in Afghanistan,” IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said during a press briefing.

The institution assured to be ready “to work with the international community to advocate for urgent actions in order to block an imminent humanitarian crisis”, he added.

Gerry Rice clarified that “the immediate focus should be on this humanitarian aid to help the Afghan people and enable the flow of expatriate workers’ remittances and small-scale remittances, and provide assistance. to countries hosting Afghan refugees ”.

The IMF announced on August 18 that it was suspending aid to Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of the country.

“Our engagement with Afghanistan has been suspended until there is clarity within the international community on the recognition of the government,” insisted the spokesperson for the institution.

The latter was to pay Kabul a final tranche of aid of $ 105.6 million under a program approved in November 2020 for a total amount of $ 370 million.

The former president of the Afghan Central Bank, Ajmal Ahmadi, had also indicated that Kabul should have received on 23 August about 340 million dollars from the IMF for the issuance of new special drawing rights which are used to increase country reserves.

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