Taliban thanks countries for pledges of US$1.2 billion in aid
2021-09-15: [Original Article Link].
AFP reported that after the Taliban held an emergency meeting on Tuesday, Taliban-appointed foreign minister Amir Khan Mottaki said the Taliban thanked countries around the world for pledging to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in emergency aid to Afghanistan. He called on the international community to provide more assistance to Afghanistan. He said that if countries do not mobilize, it will cause a humanitarian disaster. He also said that the new Afghan regime hopes to establish positive relations with all countries, including the United States.
Since the Taliban returned to power on August 15, parts of Afghanistan have been at a standstill, especially because of the disruption of financial flows with foreign countries, which has been plagued by more than 40 years of civil war.
The United Nations humanitarian aid of the under-secretary-general for Griffith Monday pledged at the close of the meeting, confirmed that it parties have committed to in excess of the total of 1.2 billion billion dollars in humanitarian and development assistance.
United Nations Secretary-General Guterres welcomed the significant financial commitments made to the Afghan people at the pledging conference held in Geneva. The meeting, with the consent of the pledges amount exceeds the urgent appeals to the requirements of 0.606 billion dollars about double the value. Guterres said that this represents a huge leap forward in the financial commitment of the international community to the Afghan people.
In addition, the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), led by the World Food Programme, has resumed flights to Kabul, enabling humanitarian response personnel and urgently needed relief supplies to reach all parts of the country, aid desperate Afghans.
As more than 90 per cent of Afghan families are worried about eating their stomachs and the growing humanitarian crisis across the country, aid agencies are racing against the clock to meet the enormous needs, the upcoming winter may leave parts of the country completely isolated from the outside world, leaving millions of vulnerable people almost impossible to survive.
The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service flight led by the World Food Program has been in operation since 29 August, connecting Islamabad, Pakistan, with the Afghan cities of Mazar-e-Sharif, Kandahar and Herat. The air connection with Kabul was temporarily suspended after the Taliban took over on August 15 and resumed on September 12.
The United Nations Humanitarian Air Transport Service is also responsible for transporting non-food items, such as medical and other emergency supplies. Three cargo flights have been completed and a batch of medical supplies have been delivered to the World Health Organization.
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