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European Union pledges €1 billion in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan

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Ursula von der Leyen veut éviter «un effondrement humanitaire et socio-économique majeur» en Afghanistan. 

The G20 leaders reiterated that they remain “extremely focused” on the fight against terrorism, while on the same day, the Taliban met in Doha with representatives of the EU-27.

The members of the G20 were gathered at an extraordinary summit on Tuesday, October 12 in Rome, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan, reports Courrier international. At the center of this meeting, the difficulty of reconciling aid to a country in a major economic and humanitarian crisis, and refusal to recognize the Taliban regime. At the same time, delegations from the European Union and the United States held their first discussions with representatives of the Islamists in Doha (Qatar).

Diplomacy and humanitarian crisis

International recognition would unlock Afghan funds blocked in the United States. But most countries refuse to do so. Americans and Europeans have made such a diplomatic move conditional on the Islamist group respecting its commitments.The Taliban had promised not to support any terrorist group, or to respect fundamental freedoms, especially regarding women’s rights.

However, the representatives of the European Union have decided to release one billion euros in aid. This is to avoid a “collapse of Afghanistan” explained the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. On the American side, Joe Biden and his administration are reluctant to provide financial support to the regime that the United States has fought for twenty years. The G20 also concluded that the fight against the Afghan crisis should take priority over possible sanctions against the Islamist regime.

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