Tuesday, September 27, 2022

The Biden administration does not rule out providing aid to the Taliban in Afghanistan

President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jack Sullivan said that after the United States withdraws from Afghanistan and the Afghan government collapses, the Biden administration may provide assistance to the Taliban.

Sullivan told ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Tuesday about providing financial assistance to the Taliban, “This will be related to the Taliban’s actions. This will be about whether they fulfill their promises.”

The security adviser said that providing humanitarian assistance to Afghans is a priority of the Biden administration and will be carried out through non-governmental organizations (NGOs). “They need help with health and food aid and other forms of living, and we do intend to continue to do so.”

However, long-term economic and development assistance can only be provided to terrorist organizations if they abide by the commitments made to the United States, such as “promises to allow the United States and Afghan allies to pass safely, and promise not to allow Afghanistan to enter.” Become a base that terrorists can attack the United States or any other country, and their commitment to fulfill their international obligations. It will depend on them, and we will wait and see, through their actions, how we will ultimately respond in terms of economic and development assistance,” Sullivan said.

Republican lawmakers criticized the government for trying to cooperate with the Taliban and accept them as the legitimate government.

“We should let the Taliban bleed. We should deny their legitimacy. We should help those who are willing to fight back against the Taliban. We should make their lives miserable,” said Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) in Speaking to reporters at a press conference on the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan on August 16 from Capitol Hill.

“The Taliban has violated the agreement it reached with this country from the very beginning. It is clear that at multiple points in the timeline this year, the Taliban continued to violate the agreement, whether it was their takeover of the country’s overall power-sharing agreement or allowing the U.S. People pass the checkpoint agreement,” the representative said. Mark Green (R-Tennessee). “Yet here, they [members of the Biden administration] We are considering, considering, and acknowledging that the Taliban is a government and a country. Let that crazy emotion dissipate for a second. “

Sullivan was asked if assistance would flow through the Taliban.

“It will not flow through the Taliban. … When we provide humanitarian assistance to countries, we do it through international agencies such as the World Health Organization or the World Food Program, and we do it through an NGO. When we spoke, these organizations… are still working on the ground in Afghanistan. It will not flow through the government,” Sullivan said.

The Epoch Times contacted the White House for comments.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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