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700 tons of dried fruits exported in last two weeks, Taliban

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KABUL: The Taliban have announced that 698 metric tons of dried fruits have been exported from Afghanistan in the last two weeks.

In a tweet on Monday, Taliban’s deputy spokesman Ahmadullah Wasiq said dried fruit had been exported to Europe, Asia, the United States and Australia.

Out of a total of 698 metric tons exported, 585 metric tons were raisins.

He said Afghanistan’s exports were now higher than ever. He said this development was an important step for the country’s economic growth.

The United Nations on Monday meanwhile pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan’s banks, warning that a spike in people unable to repay loans, lower deposits and a cash liquidity crunch could cause the financial system to collapse within months.

In a three-page report on Afghanistan’s banking and financial system seen by Reuters, the U.N. Development Programme (UNDP) said the economic cost of a banking system collapse – and consequent negative social impact – “would be colossal.”

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