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US pledges $64 million in aid to Afghanistan, promises to honor sanctions

The United States has pledged to send about $64 million in aid to Afghanistan, pledging to honor sanctions on the Taliban terrorist group that now controls the country.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the US Department of State are sending aid through independent organizations such as UN agencies and non-governmental groups to “provide life-saving assistance directly to Afghans facing the complex effects of insecurity, conflict and conflict.” recurring natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic,” USAID said in a statement on Monday.

The Taliban took control of Afghanistan in mid-May, driving US-backed Afghan forces into a series of conflicts.

American troops arrived back in the country to secure Kabul’s airport and allow the evacuation of about 120,000 people, but withdrew on 30 August.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told lawmakers in Washington on Monday that sanctions on the Taliban would be respected when distributing aid.

“We have seen a terrible drought, growing nutritional problems. This is one reason why we think it is so important to ensure that regardless of anything else, we and other countries continue to provide humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan. find ways,” he said.

“We can and will do this in accordance with the restrictions in our laws, by directing aid through NGOs and UN agencies, not through the government. We need to do everything possible to ensure that the people of Afghanistan have access to No more trouble.”

The State Department declined to name the non-governmental groups. USAID did not respond to a request for comment.

A State Department spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email that “our partners have extensive experience operating in challenging environments, and have robust risk management procedures in place for their operations, aimed at ensuring that humanitarian Help reach its intended recipients.”

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“We have not taken steps to ease the pressure of sanctions on banned Taliban leaders or significant restrictions on their access to the international financial system,” the spokesman said.

According to USAID, the United States is the largest humanitarian donor to Afghanistan. Financial aid this year alone amounts to about $330 million.

UN member states on Monday announced $1.2 billion in aid to Afghan citizens, UN officials said. The fund will help about 11 million people over the next four months, UN relief official Morgan Griffiths told the organization’s General Assembly in Geneva.

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The funding may go to the Taliban. Griffiths noted that the group sought international support to rebuild Afghanistan as well as create a counter-narcotics program.

Some US lawmakers have expressed concern over keeping aid out of the hands of the Taliban, including on Monday.

“I want to see, if we are going to help Afghanistan with food and aid, we take some commitments out of them before we give them food,” said Rep. Albio Cyrus (DNJ).

Blinken began to respond, but Cyrus interrupted him and moved on to another topic.

Zachary Steber covers US news including politics and court cases. He started out as a New York City subway reporter at The Epoch Times.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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