Biden extends US national emergency for humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

US President Joe Biden has extended the national emergency status for Afghanistan for another year.

First declared in an Executive Order in February 2022, it means the deepening economic and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan continue to pose “unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States,” the White House said in a statement on Friday.

The Executive Order allowed the US government to block $7 billion Afghan Central Bank, (Da Afghanistan Bank) asset, which became subject to a legal claim by some 9/11 attacks survivors.

Joe Boden, in another order, split Da Afghanistan Bank’s assets into two, allowing half to be used for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan.

And in August 2022, a US Federal judge ruled that the remaining assets could not be used to pay off 9/11 victims and their families.