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The White House confirmed to reporters Tuesday that the Biden administration and its global allies are using "access to the global marketplace" as leverage to ensure the Taliban does not interfere with the remaining humanitarian evacuation out of Afghanistan.
"We have enormous leverage over the Taliban, including access to the global marketplace," Psaki stated in response to a question about how the United States can trust the Taliban not to prevent the 100-200 Americans still in the country from evacuating. "It's not a small piece of leverage, and in order to gain access to the global marketplace, we're going to be watching closely as well — the global community."
Earlier in the day, Jake Sullivan, President Joe Biden's national security adviser, suggested to ABC that the U.S. is still considering sending financial aid to the Taliban-controlled Afghanistan government.
"We do believe there is an important dimension of humanitarian assistance that should go directly to the people of Afghanistan," Sullivan stated on Good Morning America. "When it comes to our economic and development assistance relationship with the Taliban, that will be about the Taliban's actions. It will be about whether they follow through on their commitments, their commitments to safe passage for Americans and its allies."
Following the Taliban takeover of Kabul, the Biden administration froze nearly $10 billion of the Afghanistan government's reserve assets to prevent the Taliban from accessing them.
The World Bank Bank and the International Monetary Fund followed suit roughly one week after the U.S. acted.
You can watch Tuesday's briefing in full below.
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Original Author: Christian Datoc