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Taliban, US Plan to Meet in Qatar to Discuss Freeing Frozen Afghanistan Funds

  • Taliban Foreign Minister Muttaqi leads delegation to Qatar
  • US blocked $9 billion of Afghan funds after Taliban takeover
Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul on February 2.

Amir Khan Muttaqi in Kabul on February 2.

Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images

A top Taliban delegation led by Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi headed to Qatar Wednesday to hold the latest round of talks with US officials to release about $9 billion of frozen Afghan funds as the nation reels from crises of poverty and hunger. 

The discussion will center around “creating a mechanism for releasing the frozen Afghan reserves,” said Ahmad Wali Haqmal, a spokesman for Afghanistan’s finance ministry. “We’re expecting this would be a serious round of talks.”