(MENAFN - Afghanistan Times) AT News Report-KABUL: The Central Bank denounces the European Union for including Afghanistan in its blacklist over not doing enough to fight against money laundering activities as baseless.
The European Union has recently added Afghanistan in the
blacklist that along with 22 other countries is considered as threat for money
laundering and financial support of criminal and terrorist groups.
Spokesman of the Central Bank, said Saturday that Afghanistan had worked hard
in struggle against money laundering and was recently praised by the
International Monetary Fund.
'Afghan Central Bank strongly rejects inclusion of
Afghanistan in the European Union's blacklist and calls it baseless and
incorrect,' Ashoor said.
He added that other international financial bodies removed
Afghanistan from their gray lists, adding it in their white lists to praise it
for working hard in fight with the money laundering and support of terrorism.
Ashoor called implementation of law in fight against corruption, new procedures
and struggle with smugglers as the government's activities.
Saudi Arabia, Panama, Nigeria, Iran, Iraq and Pakistan are
other states accused by the European Union of money laundering and support of
The European Union is reported to have officially sent a
warning letter to the ministry of foreign affairs on January 30.
The chamber of commerce and industries expresses concerns
over the measure, saying it would negatively affect business and investment in
'This is very difficult for us and our business. Including
Afghanistan in the European Union's blacklist adds another problem as we have
already had several problems like war, insecurity and capitals escape,' said
Khan Jan Alokozai, deputy head of the chamber.
He asked the government to talk to the European Union and
convince them about its work against money laundering.