Taliban leaders warn of massive waves of ‘economic’ migrants because of Western sanctions

It’s scary enough that Taliban-controlled Afghanistan is the world’s largest and safest space for would-be Islamic terrorists to train for future attacks, thanks mostly to President Joe Biden’s hasty, botched complete withdrawal of U.S. troops.

But according to France 24, yet another Afghanistan-based threat has emerged, as the new leaders of the country reportedly warned of massive waves of “economic” refugees if various sanctions in place by both the United States and the European Union (EU) remain as they are. 

The warning comes as Western countries, especially EU nations, have already experienced a massive uptick of Arab refugees for several years.

What’s going on?

The warning of possible large waves of refugees came reportedly from acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, who warned the Western world that the country cannot continue to sustain itself and maintain a proper government as existing funds rapidly dissipate.

“Weakening the Afghan government is not in the interest of anyone because its negative effects will directly affect the world in (the) security sector and economic migration from the country”, Muttaqi said in a statement last week.

Upon seizing the country from Afghan military forces, the Taliban established an Islamic emirate government — a government that is struggling to pay its workers, which affects its ability to get a handle on the rising threat of ISIS, which was the group responsible for the suicide bombing that left 13 U.S. service members and scores of Afghan allies dead.

“We urge world countries to end existing sanctions and let banks operate normally so that charity groups, organisations and the government can pay salaries to their staff with their own reserves and international financial assistance,” a spokesperson for Muttaqi said.

The situation may become worse before it gets better, however, as Western governments remain hesitant to offer support to help stabilize the country, given its under the rule of an inconsistent and dangerous terrorist organization.

What’s the plan?

While it’s still unclear whether the Biden administration will eventually cave and offer to assist the Taliban’s new Islamic emirate government, CNBC reported last month that the Treasury Department is in the process of “carving a path” for non-Taliban Afghans who desperately need humanitarian assistance.

“Treasury is committed to facilitating the flow of humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and other activities that support their basic human needs,” director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea Gacki said in a statement.

As of that report, the Biden administration remained steadfast in the opposition to directly supporting the Taliban government, and as Politico recently reported, the White House is unlikely to formally recognize the Taliban government anytime soon.

Only time will tell how it all plays out, but the last thing that any Western nation needs, especially the United States, are waves of unvetted and potentially dangerous migrants making their way to the border.

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