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Is Biden Gifting $3.5 Billion to the Taliban?

Administración Biden se reúne con talibanes para entregarles fondos afganos

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A U.S. government delegation met Wednesday with Taliban representatives to discuss the release of $3.5 billion in Afghan funds held at the Federal Reserve, the State Department said on Thursday.

In a statement, U.S. diplomacy informed of the meeting, which took place in Uzbekistan and was led on the U.S. side by the Special Representative for Afghanistan, Thomas West, and by Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson.

During the meeting, the United States expressed the need to address the pressing humanitarian situation in the Asian country, and stressed the importance of releasing the $3.5 billion in funds to help the Afghan people.

Before the Taliban seized power in 2021, the Afghan central bank had deposited $9 billion abroad.

Of that $9 billion, $7 billion is in the United States and the rest is in other countries, such as Switzerland, Germany and the United Arab Emirates.

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