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Rep. Tracey Mann Sends Letter to U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield to Maintain Sanctions on Taliban

September 16, 2021

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Tracey Mann (R-KS), U.S. Representative Andy Barr (R-KY), and 19 of their Republican colleagues sent a letter to Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, detailing their concerns about the Biden Administration's consideration of lifting sanctions on the Taliban. The letter follows the United Nations Security Council resolution proposed at the end of August, which would ease sanctions on the Taliban.

"President Biden has already put American lives at risk and abandoned hundreds of our citizens in Afghanistan," said Rep. Mann. "Our top priority must be to bring home American citizens still stranded in Afghanistan and protect our national security. Lifting sanctions on the Taliban would pose a greater threat to the safety of Americans and allies still in Afghanistan and risk terrorist threats on American soil."

“The U.S. needs to push the United Nations to fully implement U.N. sanctions on the Taliban.," said Rep. Barr. "We cannot risk U.S. or international aid replenishing the coffers of this terrorist group. I appreciate Congressman Mann for his support on this effort and keeping the people on Kansas safe by standing up to the Taliban.” 

In the letter, Rep. Mann and his colleagues state they are deeply concerned about the Taliban's ties with Al Quaeda and known terrorists who seek to harm American citizens.

Click here to view the full text of the letter.

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