The US State Department has announced that it will provide $ 300 million in civilian assistance to Afghanistan this year.
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken tweeted on Wednesday night that the aid would be used in the civilian sector.
Mr. Blinken emphasized that the US’s $ 300 million was a reflection of the United States’s continued support for Afghanistan, based on the achievements of the past 20 years.
The US Secretary of State announced his country’s financial assistance to Afghanistan, while US President Joe Biden announced during the announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan that his country’s diplomatic and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan will continue.
Following his visit to Kabul, Anthony Blinken met with Afghan officials, including President Ghani, and said that the United States would continue to provide diplomatic and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and its security and defense forces.
He added that the withdrawal of its troops from Afghanistan would not mean the weakening of strategic relations between the two countries and that the United States is committed to its commitments to the government and people of Afghanistan.
Hanif Atmar: Taliban should return to Negotiations as soon
As holding the Turkey summit for the Afghan peace process postponed for days to come, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan foreign ministers attend a trilateral virtual meeting to address the challenges of peace ahead.
Hanif Atmar, Afghan foreign minister, stated in a tweet that the participants in this meeting have called on the Taliban to stop the violence as soon as possible. According to Atmar’s tweet:
“Successfully concluded our Afghanistan, Turkey, and Pakistan Trilateral Meeting in Istanbul. I am grateful to my brothers Mevlut Cavus oglu and Shah Mahmood Qureshi for supporting a peaceful, sovereign, united & democratic Afghanistan. Deploring violence, we called on the Taliban for an immediate ceasefire & return to negotiation.”
The Afghan foreign minister stated that testing positive for Covid-19 caused him to attend this meeting virtually. He reveals that he was tested positive for covid-19. According to Mr. Atmar’s tweet:
“Regretfully, I tested positive for Covid-19 & had to attend the meeting virtually. Immensely grateful to H.E Mevlut Cavus Oglu & my hosts for providing all the medical treatment & care while also ensuring the successful convening of our much anticipated trilateral meeting.”
As it is expected that the Istanbul summit for the Afghan peace talks would be held after Eid-ul-Fitr, but once again, the Taliban has resisted that until the complete withdrawal of foreign forces, they would not attend any meeting.
Recently Taliban chief negotiator has made a trip to Pakistan to discuss the late withdrawal issue of foreign fighters is a challenge. But Afghan first vice president Amrullah Saleh stated that The Taliban negotiators are now in Pakistan and are seeking their new plans for the spring offensive.
The Afghan peace negotiations, which face a deadlock, have become sensitive after the recent announcement of foreign forces withdrawal. Recently Nadir Nadiry, Afghan government negotiator, attended a virtual meeting stated that the withdrawal issue had given courage to the Taliban to resist the peace process.