E.U. Pledges $1.15 Billion in Afghan Aid as U.S. Talks to Taliban

Afghan Aid

We must do all we can to avert a major humanitarian and socio-economic collapse in Afghanistan,” Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, said in a statement. “We need to do it fast.”

UN leaders held a meeting on Tuesday to primarily discuss the critical methods to prevent an economic and humanitarian tragedy in Afghanistan. Whereas bidden and the council focused more on the support of Afghanistan as a country being entirely ruled by Tehreek-e Taliban.

The essential highlights of the meeting held are discussed below

The European Union assures one billion euros, that is 1.15 billion dollars, to Afghanistan to keep up with humanity and support the afghani people. A group of twenty countries have vowed to initiate cooperation concerning the country’s public humane and financial situation. 

The amount decided had to be the same as it was given to the country before the Taliban takeover.  Since 2002 the US government has given Afghanistan full support and 3.9 billion dollars, so the aid has to be somewhat near the same amount.

At the meeting held by the United Nations in September, the US offered around sixty million dollars. Still, the prime minister of Italy, Mario Draghi, suggested increasing the amount by 300 million dollars. G-20 leaders commanded that humane access be granted across Afghanistan, keeping the airport of its capital Kabul and the country’s borders open for all and high security shall be given. Demand for women and children’s rights was also put forward.

The Italian prime minister Draghi stated that a conference would be held with the Taliban to discuss the UN humanitarian and health rights. He also includes that this support and aid given will not be responsible for the actions of the Taliban.

They will be judged by their actions and not words, especially the women rights, as they seem to lack such responsibility and their virtues date 20 years back.

Afghan Aid

He stated that;

The government as we know, it’s not inclusive, it’s not representative,” he said. “Women’s rights, so far as far as we can see, it seems like they’re going back 20 years.”

 “But the Afghan people should not pay the price of the Taliban’s actions,” Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, said. “This is why the Afghan support package is for the Afghan people and the country’s neighbours who have been the first in providing them with help.”

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia and Xi-Jinping, leader of China, represented the meeting. In contrast, US president Joe Biden tasked the united nations to look and work on the financial responsibilities related to Afghanistan.

On that note, the united nations seem to be worried as it has already been warned that the economy of Afghanistan is already on the verge of collapsing, which before the takeover by the Taliban was entirely dependent on international aid completely controlled by America. It depended on the international assistance is given to them, which almost accounted for more than 70% of its economy being spent. 

In the end, a total of one billion euros was announced by the European Union along with the 300 million euros that were stated earlier. This financial aid will aid the afghani population only and will be used for their welfare.

Tayyip Erdogan said that the community should try their best to contact afghani law and government to maintain peace and humanity.

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