Jacques Follorou((avec Benjamin Barthe), “Les talibans cherchent à briser leur isolement diplomatique; La Russie organise une conférence internationale le 20 octobre à Moscou censée « ouvrir la voie » à une reconnaissance du nouveau gouvernement afghan,” Le Monde, le 20 octobre 2021 (04h00 – Mis à jour à 10h00).
As global attention turns away from Afghanistan, Jacques Follorou of Le Monde continues to provide excellent accounts about the major developments relating to the country.
Curiously, his recent dispatch of October 12 does not show up in the Search function on Le Monde. What is going on there?
In his dispatch of October 20, he reports on the conference sponsored by Russia on the Afghanistan question, the first international conference to be held on the subject since the Taliban took over on August 15. In addition to Russia, those invted included the United States, China, Pakistan, Iran, and India. The U.S. did not accept the invitation. The goal was to ease the path toward recognition of the Taliban government and the unfreezing of its frozen assets in the U.S. and Europe, and also to ease and encourage the provision of humanitarian and other assistance.
Follorou reports that the European Union has promised a billion euros of assistance, while China has pledged only $19 million in aid. At the moment, Follorou reports, no consideration is being given to unfreezing the $10 billion of frozen assets of the Central Bank of Afghanistan. According to the U.N., he reports, one fourth of the population (38 million) faces famine. Since the Taliban took over, no country has recognized their government.
The situation of the people of Afghanistan remains dire.
The Trenchant Observer