Washington (Reuters)-U.S. congressional aides said on Friday (September 3) that the U.S. Congress may fund the United Nations and other agencies that provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, but it is almost impossible to directly fund a new government led by the Taliban .
Since the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban, the United States has been a large funder of Afghanistan, setting aside approximately US$130 billion (S$174 billion) for security, governance and development, and humanitarian needs.
Aides to Democrats and Republicans who control both houses of Congress say that lawmakers will almost certainly provide humanitarian assistance to internally displaced Afghans and refugees, but not the government itself, at least for now.
“It is difficult to persuade members of Congress to do anything that seems to support the Taliban government,” said a senior Democratic aide in the Senate, citing lack of supervision and reluctance to “support a government that we hate.” A senior Republican aide in the Senate agreed.
“Republicans will absolutely not support funding the Taliban,” a Republican aide said, adding that they do not want to provide any funding until the Americans and Afghans working with the United States leave Afghanistan.
Although aides said that agencies such as the World Food Program and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees all need funding, the Republican Party said that legislators want strict conditions on how the funds are used.
“There needs to be a clear understanding of what this will look like and how it will flow,” he said.
According to the U.S. Special Inspector General, Congress has set aside $136.4 million in the economic support fund for the 2022 fiscal year beginning on October 1. U.S. dollars are used for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan. Afghanistan is rebuilt.
The aides almost ruled out the possibility of contributing to the salaries of Afghan civil servants who work under the Taliban-led government and may be responsible for basic services such as schools, clinics and hospitals.
“It’s hard for me to imagine this happening, partly because how do we know that these funds will not fall into the wrong hands?” said the senior Democratic aide in the Senate.
The aide said that Congress may allocate as much as US$144 million to US$279 million. The funds it has set aside for Afghanistan’s humanitarian needs each year over the past ten years will depend on the needs determined by UN agencies and other agencies.
The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether it would request additional funding for Afghanistan.
Taliban sources said that the co-founder of the organization Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar) will lead a new government that is about to be announced.
Its first task may be to prevent the economy from collapsing due to drought and the destruction of the 20-year war.
Taliban fighters entered Kabul on August 15. A large-scale airlift by the United States put approximately 124,000 Americans, other foreigners, and Afghans at risk due to the takeover of militant groups.