Prominent economists call on US to unfreeze Afghan reserves

Stiglitz among those calling on US to ease humanitarian crisis despite Taliban rule

Kabul skyline with mountains in distance
Kabul, Afghanistan

Seventy economists have sent an open letter to US president Joe Biden and Treasury secretary Janet Yellen urging the release of Afghanistan’s frozen international reserves.

The letter, dated August 10, describes the humanitarian crisis the country has undergone since the fall of its US-backed government to the Taliban last year. The authors state that more than half of Afghanistan’s people require food assistance, and 3 million children could face malnutrition. The letter cites claims some

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