US discusses with Taliban officials on central bank reserves

Taliban fighters stand guard as civilians gather at the site of an explosion in front of a school, in Kabul, Afghanistan on April 19, 2022. (EBRAHIM BOROOZI / AP)

A US delegation discussed with Taliban officials efforts to enable the release of billions of dollars from Afghan central bank reserves, the State Department said on Thursday.

The meeting, involving Special Representative for Afghanistan Thomas West and Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson, took place on Wednesday, the State Department said in a release.

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