Taliban imposes remittance restrictions as US dollars dwindle

Taliban imposes remittance restrictions as US dollars dwindle

Afghanistan’s banks will no longer be able to offer remittance payments in anything but the local currency in an effort to protect the country’s dwindling reserves of US dollars.

In recent days Western Union received a directive from the country’s Central Bank to only process remittances in local Afghanis — now trading at 86 to the dollar, Reuters reported.

The financial services company MoneyGram International additionally said they could only continue processing remittance in Afghanis.

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Haji Mohammad Idris, the acting governor of Afghanistan’s central bank, is a close Taliban ally and has no formal financial experience.

Long kept afloat with billions of dollars in investment aid from the United States and elsewhere, the country’s store of US dollars has shrunk dramatically with the Taliban takeover last month.

“It’s a matter of concern that the remaining physical cash of U.S. dollars is going to reduce further,” one Afghani banker fretted to Reuters. “With the restrictions we

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