US seen funding Afghan humanitarian aid, but not the Taliban | Taliban News
The US Congress is expected to fund UN humanitarian work in Afghanistan, but it is unlikely to directly fund a new Taliban-led government, US officials say, as the global body prepares to discuss the aid to the war-torn country.
UN chief Antonio Guterres travels to Geneva to convene a high-level conference on aid to Afghanistan on September 13.
Since the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the United States had set aside approximately $ 130 billion for security, governance, development and humanitarian needs in Afghanistan.
Congressional aides told Reuters news agency lawmakers were almost certain to provide humanitarian aid to internally displaced Afghans and refugees, but not to the government itself, at least for now. .
Even before the Taliban victory, Afghanistan was heavily aid-dependent – 40% of the country’s GDP coming from foreign funding.
The UN has warned that 18 million Afghans are facing a humanitarian disaster and that another 18 million could join them quickly. According to reports, up to 500,000 people may also flee the country for fear of the Taliban.
The Taliban have yet to form a new government, but there are reports that an announcement is imminent.
Meanwhile, fighting continues between the Taliban and resistance fighters in the Panjshir Valley north of Kabul, raising fears that more civilians may be displaced.
Here are the latest updates:
‘Celebratory gunfire’ reported in Kabul overnight
Sounds of gunfire, as well as rockets and shattered windows, were reported in the Afghan capital overnight, sparking fears among the civilian population.
Videos posted on social media showed bursts of light and sounds of gunfire in Kabul on Friday evening. Similar scenes were also reported in other parts of the country under the Taliban.
In one of the videos, a person was heard screaming in fear from the gunfire.
For so many in Kabul, those “celebratory gunshots” lead to those “do you remember the civil war…? ” pic.twitter.com/vEQJC2eMWC
-Ali M Latifi (@alibomaye) September 3, 2021
Google locks Afghan government accounts as Taliban scans for emails: Reuters
Reuters reports that Google has temporarily locked down an unknown number of Afghan government email accounts amid growing fears about the digital paper trail left by former officials and their international partners.
There have been concerns that biometric databases could be exploited by the new Taliban leadership to drive out their enemies.
Google did not confirm the decision, but said the company was monitoring the situation in Afghanistan and “taking temporary measures to secure the affected accounts.”
An employee of the former Afghan government told Reuters that the Taliban were seeking to acquire emails from former officials and asked him to keep the data held on the servers of the ministry he worked for.
US announces to provide psychological support services to Afghan refugees
US Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said his department was seeking to improve conditions for Afghan refugees awaiting resettlement.
“I have met over 40 community organizations, including Afghan-American organizations to hear their ideas and recommendations,” Mayorkas said Friday. “I have heard, and we will more firmly implement their recommendations – including cultural competence, access to counseling, trauma counseling and pastoral care. ”
UN chief to host aid meeting for Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will hold an international meeting in Geneva on September 13 to lift humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said on Friday.
“The conference will advocate for a rapid increase in funding so that the vital humanitarian operation can continue; and call for full and unhindered humanitarian access to ensure that Afghans continue to get the essential services they need, ”Dujarric said in a statement.
“Afghanistan faces an impending humanitarian catastrophe. Almost half of Afghanistan’s 38 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.
Taliban officials meet with Pakistani ambassador to Qatar
A Taliban delegation to Qatar led by Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai met with Pakistani Ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen said on Friday.
“The two sides discussed the current Afghan situation, humanitarian aid, bilateral relations based on mutual interest and respect, reconstruction of Afghanistan and issues related to facilitating the movement of people to Torkhan and Spinboldak, “Shaheen wrote on Twitter, referring to the border crossings between Pakistan and Afghanistan. .
The Pakistani Embassy in Doha confirmed the meeting.
Amb Syed Ahsan Raza Shah welcomed 7 members of the high level PTC delegation led by HE Sher Muhammad Abbas Stanakzai to Emb of Pak, Doha. Questions related to the latest interests of developers and biltrl discussed. It was agreed to continue regular mutual contacts. @ForeignOfficePk @SMQureshiPTI pic.twitter.com/IQhiwyk9XB
– Embassy of Pakistan in Qatar (@PakinQatar) September 3, 2021