Qatar foreign minister: No clear path for unfreezing Afghan funds

Taliban fighters check commuters along a road in Kunduz on Oct 10, 2021. (HOSHANG HASHIMI / AFP)

DOHA – There is no clear path for unfreezing Afghan government funds, Qatar's foreign minister told a conference on Wednesday, highlighting the economic challenges Afghanistan faces under its new Taliban rulers.

Qatar is hosting talks between the Taliban and Western officials and is seen as having influence over the Taliban movement.

ALSO READ: US says had 'productive' talks on humanitarian aid with Taliban

Much of the Afghan central bank's $10 billion in assets are parked overseas.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatar's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, reiterated Qatar's position that recognising the Taliban government was not currently a priority, but international engagement was important.