Taliban calls on US to show ‘heart,’ thanks world for $1.2 billion in aid

Taliban calls on US to show ‘heart,’ thanks world for $1.2 billion in aid


The Taliban on Tuesday thanked the international community for pledging more than $1 billion in emergency aid to Afghanistan — and called on the US to donate more.

Amir Khan Mutaqi, the foreign minister in Afghanistan’s new Taliban-run Cabinet, asked Washington to show appreciation for the militant group allowing the US to complete its massive evacuation effort.

“America is a big country, they need to have a big heart,” he said at a press conference.

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Muttaqi’s comments came a day after the United Nations said that $1.2 billion in humanitarian assistance had been promised to Afghanistan, with some $64 million coming from the US.

“Afghanistan is poor. It needs all the help” the world can give, Mutaqi said, in his first press conference since the Taliban formed an interim government a week ago.

An internally displaced Afghan child looks on at a temporary shelter at a park in Kabul, Afghanistan on Sept. 14, 2021.STRINGER/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

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