Highlights of the Afghan Taliban today: Punish countries that recognize the Taliban government, say US senators

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The International Monetary Fund has said its engagement with Afghanistan will remain suspended until there is clarity within the international community on recognition of the Taliban-led government.

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Several world leaders have announced that they will see if the Taliban keep their promises to the international community on issues like an inclusive Afghan government and human rights before diplomatically recognizing their regime. Afghanistan was already facing chronic poverty and drought, but the situation has deteriorated since the Taliban seized power last month with the disruption of aid, the departure of tens of thousands of people, including the government and aid workers, and the collapse of many economic activities.

Here are some of the key stories to follow:

IMF suspends engagement with Afghanistan

The International Monetary Fund has said its engagement with Afghanistan will remain suspended until there is clarity within the international community on recognition of the Taliban-led government.

The IMF said it was deeply concerned about the economic conditions in Afghanistan, urging the international community to take urgent action to block a “looming humanitarian crisis” in the country.

Republican senators seek to name the Taliban as a terrorist organization

Leading Republican lawmakers have demanded that the Taliban be designated as a terrorist organization, arguing that the government led by the hard-line group in Afghanistan has several cabinet members who are UN-designated terrorists. Lawmakers have also called for sanctions against countries that recognize the Taliban-led government in Afghanistan.

Afghan Ministry of Finance tries to get public sector wages paid

The Afghan government is working to resolve a series of issues that have held up wages for public sector workers, the finance ministry said on Thursday, as the Taliban’s new administration struggles to revive the stalled economy.

Even before the movement took hold of Kabul last month, many public sector workers said they had not been paid for weeks and that banks were imposing strict limits on cash withdrawals while the prices of basic necessities rise, many face serious difficulties. The ministry said “technical issues” caused a delay in the payment of wages, but special teams were working to resolve the payroll issues as quickly as possible.

Dutch Foreign Minister resigns following evacuations in Afghanistan

Dutch Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag resigned Thursday after the lower house of parliament passed a motion of no confidence against the government for its handling of evacuations from Afghanistan as part of the Taliban takeover.

During a parliamentary debate on Wednesday evening, Kaag acknowledged that the government’s slow or confused response to warnings about the situation in Afghanistan meant that some local staff and people who had worked as translators for Dutch troops in the country no had not been evacuated.

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