This threatens to turn into a major humanitarian crisis, against the backdrop of a halt in international aid since the Taliban came to power.
Passport issuance to start tomorrow in three regions, including KabulAlam Gul Haqqani, head of the Afghan passport service, told reporters on Saturday.
Closed since the Taliban took power in mid-August, the service had reopened briefly in October, but the influx of requests had caused technical problems, forcing the Taliban to halt deliveries after a few days.
” All technical issues are resolved, biometric devices are repaired. “
He also assured that passports would initially be issued to those who have already filed an application.
The new requests will be accepted from January 10, he said.
Many Afghans who wanted to go to neighboring Pakistan for medical treatment were also stranded without valid passports.
My mother has health issues and we needed to go to Pakistan for a long time, but we couldn’t do it, explained to the AFP Jamshid, who like many Afghans does not have a last name.
We are happy […] to be able to receive our passports and go to Pakistan, he added.
The resumption of the issuance of passports is a test of the goodwill of the Taliban, who have made a commitment to the international community to let their compatriots who have valid visas and who wish to leave.
These are particularly numerous as Afghanistan is, according to the
one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters, which is expected to worsen with the onset of winter. The World Food Program (WFP) of UN warned against a
famine avalanche future.
The Taliban are calling for a thaw of funds to revive the economy and fight the famine which, in Kabul, is pushing many people to sell their goods for food.
Kabul increases calls for help
On Saturday, the Taliban government’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai again called on UN agencies to
put pressure on the United States to release the $ 9.5 billion in Afghan Central Bank reserves that it froze.
He also called on Afghans living abroad to return to Afghanistan now that the war is over there.
We invite and encourage everyone to come back to Afghanistan, even our political opponents., he said during a reception organized in Kabul on the occasion of the
International Migrants Day.
” I ask the United States to support us by providing our people with a good life here in Afghanistan rather than taking them out of the country. “
Over the past four decades, more than six million Afghans have fled their countries to escape war and economic and humanitarian crises. Most of them live in neighboring Iran and Pakistan.
No country has yet recognized the government put in place by the Islamists who seized power in mid-August in Afghanistan, in full withdrawal of the American forces who had fought them for 20 years.
International flights, mainly to Dubai and Abu Dhabi, resumed in September at Kabul airport, besieged at the end of August by thousands of Afghans wanting to leave the country.