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IMF blocks Afghanistan’s access to SDR reserves over lack of clarity on government

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By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday it suspended Afghanistan’s access to IMF resources, including around $440 million in new monetary reserves, due to a lack of clarity over the country’s government after the Taliban seized control of Kabul. The IMF’s announcement came amid pressure from the U.S. Treasury, which holds a controlling share in the Fund, to ensure that Afghanistan’s share of a Special Drawing Rights reserves allocation scheduled for Monday not fall into Taliban hands. “There is currently a lack of clarity within the international…

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