21 August 2021

IMF suspends Afghanistan's access to funds.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said Afghanistan will no longer be able to access the lender's resources.

The move follows the Taliban's takeover of the country. Resources of over $370m (£268m) from the IMF had been set to arrive on 23 August.

These funds were part of a global IMF response to the economic crisis.

Access to the IMF's reserves in Special Drawing Rights (SDR) assets, which can be converted to government-backed money, have also been blocked. SDRs are the IMF's unit of exchange based on sterling, dollars, euros, yen and yuan.

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