Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) wrote to U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Monday urging her to do everything in her power to keep billions in international funding meant for Afghanistan from falling into the hands of the “oppressive Taliban regime.”
The senators wrote:
The Taliban are sponsors of terrorism who maintain close ties with Al-Qaeda, and therefore they cannot be trusted to distribute money to the Afghan people who desperately need it, and will instead use any and all funds to actively advance priorities hostile to U.S. interests.
The lawmakers said Yellen should intervene at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to ensure the Taliban does not receive $450 million in funding allocated for Afghanistan, which has already been temporarily blocked. Yellen initially moved to block IMF aid to the Taliban after a group of GOP lawmakers sent her a letter on August 17.