UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asks to avoid an economic meltdown that would spark a “catastrophic” situation for the Afghans

Warning given to the security council on the cutting of billions of dollars in international Afghan assets to keep them out of Taliban hands would automatically spark “a severe economic downturn.”

According to the reports by Reuters, on Friday, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres asked, to avoid an economic meltdown that would spark a “catastrophic” situation for the Afghan people and be a “gift for terrorist groups” for an introduction of cash into Afghanistan.

The remarks came by Antonio Guterres after his special representative on Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons gave a warning to the security council on Thursday that the cutting of billions of dollars in international Afghan assets to keep them out of Taliban hands would automatically spark “a severe economic downturn.”

All countries were also requested by the U.N. chief to go in with the Taliban and deliver the same message that the Afghan people should live in peace under an inclusive government that respects basic human rights including for women and girls, and Afghanistan should not be a sanctuary for terrorism anymore and should play a constructive role in international relations.

The United States facilitated the departure of 21 American nationals and 11 Green Card holders, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Friday in a statement, “As part of our ongoing commitment, today we facilitated the departure from Afghanistan of 21 US citizens and 11 Lawful Permanent Residents (LPRs).” Guterres said to the reporters, “At the present moment the UN is not even able to pay its salaries to its own workers.”

Guterres has been speaking with International Monetary Fund Cheif Kristalina Georgieva telling the reporters it was an important thing to agree on waivers or implement to get money into Afghanistan. Taliban was being blocked by IMF from accessing some $440 million in new emergency reserves.

“We need to find ways to avoid a situation that would be catastrophic for the people and, in my opinion, a source of instability, and an action, gift for terrorist groups still operating there,” Guterres said.

Al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Afghan affiliate, ISIS-Khorasan, are present in Afghanistan. Guterres said he had been speaking with International Monetary Fund chief Kristalina Georgieva, telling reporters it was essential to agree on waivers or mechanisms to get money into Afghanistan. The IMF has blocked the Taliban from accessing some $440 million in new emergency reserves.

The international programs to get cash into war-torn Yemen could reproduce in Afghanistan is being hoped by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN aid chief Martin Griffiths, Monthly cash payment to some 1.5 million of the poorest families through a program funded by the World Bank is made by the U.N. children’s agency, UNICEF, in Yemen.

Whereas the UN is working to make sure that it continues to compassionate work in Afghanistan, where at least 18 million people around half the country’s population already need to be helped.

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