March 31, 2023

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Afghanistan and the US delegation meet with the Taliban to release funds for humanitarian aid

A US government delegation in Uzbekistan met with Taliban representatives to discuss the release of $3.5 billion in Afghan funds held in the Federal Reserve. The US delegation was led by Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West and Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson.

The United States expressed the need to address the urgent humanitarian situation in the country and stressed the importance of releasing $3.5 billion in funds to help the Afghan people. The US State Department has officially unveiled a mechanism to connect members of Afghan civil society with US government officials and to advance human rights defense in Afghanistan.

The United States-Afghanistan Consultation Mechanism (USACM) will bring together representatives of women’s organizations, journalists, researchers, legal experts, and religious leaders to discuss issues ranging from documenting human rights abuses to the role of women in Islam.

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