Frequently Asked Questions

955. Are General Licenses (GLs) 17, 18, and 19 consistent with the UN Security Council’s 1988 (Taliban) sanctions regime?


These GLs authorize certain activities that would otherwise be prohibited under U.S. sanctions on the Taliban and the Haqqani Network.  Given the scope of these domestic sanctions, these GLs authorize many activities that do not implicate the UN Security Council ‘s 1988 (Taliban) sanctions regime.  In addition, these GLs do not relieve any person from compliance with other U.S. federal laws or requirements of other federal agencies, or from applicable international obligations.

GLs 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 also help implement recently adopted UNSCR 2615 (2021),  which authorizes humanitarian assistance and other activities that support basic human needs as those terms are understood by the UN Security Council, as well as the processing and payment of funds, other financial assets or economic resources, and the provision of goods and services necessary to ensure the timely delivery of such assistance or to support such activities.  Specifically, UNSCR 2615 (2021) was intended to cover activities contemplated in the United Nations’ Transitional Engagement Framework (TEF) for Afghanistan, such as providing life-saving assistance; sustaining essential services; and preserving social investments and community-level systems essential to meeting basic human needs.

Date Released
December 22, 2021