China: Freezing Afghanistan’s Assets is a Collective Punishment of Afghans

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian says that unilateral sanctions, especially of frozen Afghan assets abroad, are the collective punishment of all Afghans.

Kabul – The Chinese Foreign Ministry has said that the Afghan people are in an acute economic situation and that freezing the country’s assets is a collective punishment for the Afghan people.

On Monday, November 23, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a news conference that the world should immediately help improve the livelihoods of the Afghan people.

“Unilateral sanctions, especially of frozen Afghan assets abroad, are the collective punishment of all Afghans,” he said.

In addition, Chinese spokesman Zhao Lijian has warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan, saying that Afghanistan’s assets should not be used as tools and that the money should be returned to its original owners.

Previously, Russia has said it would release Afghanistan’s foreign exchange reserves, which are frozen abroad, due to the sensitive economic situation in Afghanistan.

Since the Taliban came to power, the US Treasury Department announced that it had frozen about $10 billion in foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank in that country.

Although the Taliban have repeatedly demanded access to the money and even sent letters to the US Congress, the US has been reluctant to do so.

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