The head of the bloc pledged at the G20 summit on the humanitarian and security situation in Afghanistan.
The European Union has pledged a one-billion-euro (৫ 1.15 billion) aid package for Afghanistan, “to avoid a major humanitarian and socio-economic collapse,” said Ursula von der Leyen, head of the bloc.
The money adds 250 million euros ($ 288 million) to 300 million euros ($ 346 million) that the European Union previously declared an urgent humanitarian need, with the rest taking Afghans fleeing Taliban rule to neighboring countries. Tuesday.
Von der Leyen made the pledge at a virtual G20 summit in Italy dedicated to discussing the humanitarian and security situation in Afghanistan.
Following the G7 meeting in Afghanistan after the Taliban took over in August, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi was pushing for a broader dialogue involving other world powers.
The G20 includes the United States, the EU, China, Turkey, Russia, India and Saudi Arabia.
Von der Lane’s statement emphasized that EU funding was “direct assistance” to Afghans and that it would be sent to international organizations working on the ground, not to the Taliban’s interim government, which Brussels does not recognize.
EU development aid – separate from humanitarian aid – is frozen.
“We need to do what we can to avoid a major humanitarian and socio-economic collapse in Afghanistan. We need to do it faster, ”said Von der Lane, noting that winter is approaching.
“We are clear about our conditions for any engagement with the Afghan authorities, including respect for human rights. So far, the reports speak for themselves. But the Afghan people should not pay the price for the Taliban’s actions.
In the case of refugees fleeing the war in Syria, EU countries are wary of trying to enter the bloc of Afghan asylum seekers that occurred in 2015.
Von der Leyen says EU countries – especially those that took part in NATO missions that collapsed soon after the Taliban came to power – have a “moral obligation” to help Afghans.
The announced ১ 1.15 billion aid package will increase spending on health in Afghanistan.
In neighboring countries, it will help manage immigration and promote cooperation in the fight against “terrorism”, crime and immigration smuggling.
The conference came on Tuesday during the Taliban’s first face-to-face talks with a joint EU-US delegation in Qatar as Afghanistan’s new rulers continue their diplomatic campaign for international support.
International aid to Afghanistan has been cut off since the Taliban came to power after the withdrawal of US and other international troops after 20 years of war.
The country’s resources abroad have been suspended, while food prices and employment are rising, warning of a humanitarian catastrophe after the onset of winter.