European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during the G20 meeting in Afghanistan on Tuesday announced An aid package of about $1 billion to Afghanistan and neighboring countries receiving refugees.
why it matters: The aid is intended to help avert a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, but does not imply the legalization of the Taliban, the European Commission underlined in the press release.
- While the aid package is significant in its amount, it does not match similar pledges from other countries and is not sufficient to address the humanitarian crisis, notes Washington Post.
state of play: It will assist neighboring countries in “migration management” and terrorism prevention, along with shelter and vaccination, according to the press release.
- “[T]That Afghan people should not pay the price for the Taliban’s actions. That is why the Afghan aid package is for the Afghan people and the country’s neighbors who have been the first to provide aid,” von der Leyen said in the press release.
- Most of the funding will be distributed through the United Nations, although there will also be some country-by-country support, Reuters Report.
big picture: While the G20 summit on Afghanistan was also attended by President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, notable absentees included Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping. PReuters is.
- Over the weekend, the US said it would send humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, even if it continued to block formal recognition of the Taliban. US pledged last month $64 million in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.