White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, in response to Taliban’s foreign ministry’s request said that Afghan frozen assets remain inaccessible to the Taliban. She added it is a “complicated” issue.
Psaki added that the reserves remain inaccessible for different reasons.
“The status of the funds is the subject of ongoing litigation, brought by certain victims of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks to hold judgments against the Taliban. These legal proceedings cannot be disregarded and have led to the temporary suspension of any movement of the funds through at least the end of the year and quite possibly longer,” she said.
On the other hand, the US is continually reviewing thoughtfully and in coordination with its allies. The US is trying to make reserve funds available to directly benefit the people of Afghanistan while ensuring that the funds do not benefit the Taliban.
she also added the US is continuing to review this complicated and challenging issue.