The European Union pledged a one-billion-euro aid package for Afghanistan, “to avert a major humanitarian and socioeconomic collapse,” at a virtual G20 summit hosted by Italy.
President of the European Commission Ursula Gertrud von der Leyen has said EU countries have a “moral duty” to help Afghans. The aid package will be channeled to international organizations working on the ground and neighboring countries helping with migration management but not to the Taliban’s interim government.
Von der Leyen said, “We have been clear about our conditions for any engagement with the Afghan authorities, including on the respect of human rights. So far, the reports speak for themselves. But the Afghan people should not pay the price of the Taliban’s actions.”
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