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China Calls on US to Unfreeze Afghanistan’s Foreign Assets

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Beijing has urged Washington to unfreeze Afghanistan’s foreign assets without delay, stressing that the sanctions exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in the country, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters on Monday.

“Unilateral sanctions, and especially the freezing of Afghanistan’s foreign assets, are collective punishment for the entire Afghan people, which exacerbates the humanitarian catastrophe in the country,” Zhao said at a briefing, CGTN reported.

He noted that the frozen assets should not be used as a bargaining chip for threats and intimidation and must be returned to their real owners as soon as possible.

At the same time, Zhao stressed that the international community must strengthen its cooperation and coordination to provide timely assistance and support to Afghanistan. Continue Reading

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