$1 Billion dollars pledged by EU as aid for Afghanistan to avert humanitarian and economic collapse

$1 Billion dollars pledged by EU as aid for Afghanistan to avert humanitarian collapse

$1 Billion dollars pledged by EU as aid for Afghanistan to avert humanitarian and economic collapse

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the EU aid package, meant “to avert a major humanitarian and socio-economic collapse”, at a virtual G20 summit hosted by Italy.

The White House said the U.S. “remains committed to working closely with the international community and using diplomatic, humanitarian, and economic means to address the situation in Afghanistan and support the Afghan people.”

The E.U.’s pledge came just ahead of a virtual Group of 20 summit on the topic of Afghanistan, where one of the most contentious issues is how to stave off famine and the collapse of basic services without also providing a symbolic lifeline to Taliban leaders.