Several Asian countries pledged at the summit to provide additional support to Afghanistan
Leaders from a handful of Asian countries She pledged aid to Afghanistan during Sunday’s summit, stressing the need for outside support as the new Taliban government grapples with poverty, food insecurity and an economic crisis.
Leaders from Iran, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Pakistan — members of the Economic Cooperation Organization — said during Sunday’s summit in Turkmenistan that countries need to provide support to Afghanistan to avoid further economic turmoil and a wave of refugees fleeing the country, the Associated Press reported. The press reported.
Noting that Afghanistan will need fuel, food and other means for the coming winter, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said that his country will help its people.
Pakistani President Arif Alvi urged countries to provide humanitarian assistance and help the country improve its education and health systems and strengthen its weak economy, the Associated Press noted. He said measures were necessary to prevent a “disaster that could provoke chaos and conflict” should the country’s economy deteriorate.
Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned that a wave of Afghan refugees could flee their country as a possible consequence of what could happen if countries did not step up and aid Afghanistan, according to the news outlet.
She urged the Taliban to release their frozen assets worth billions of dollars to help improve critical financial and humanitarian issues facing the country.
In his first public address in Afghanistan, Taliban Prime Minister Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund said on Saturday that his government “want good relations with all countries and economic relations with them”.
Akhund also claimed that the country’s woes had already begun before the Taliban came to power, pointing the finger at the government of former President Ashraf Ghani.
“Nation, be vigilant. Those who left the previous government in hiding… are causing anxiety and misleading people to not trust their government,” Akhund said in his speech.