The United States has refused to lift sanctions on Taliban, but agreed to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable Afghans.
Addressing a senate committee in Washington, US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken did not only speak about sanctions on Taliban but also pledged on behalf of his country to continue humanitarian aid to the Afghan people through United Nations and NGOs.
Meanwhile, the United States intelligence agencies have warned that al-Qaeda can re-group in Afghanistan within the next one to two years and attack America.
Speaking at a conference in Washington, the Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier said the DIA is thinking about to get into Afghanistan with all kinds of sources and accesses.
On the occasion, FBI Deputy Director Paul Abbate said we don’t have any specific credible threat information about violence that may occur there.
Afghan interim Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has urged the international community to extend cooperation in all sectors, including education, health, and socio-economic infrastructure in Afghanistan, and not to link their assistance with their political objectives.
Addressing a news conference in Kabul this evening, he said law and order situation, across Afghanistan, has significantly improved and requested internally displaced people to go to their native towns and cities.
He said the present government will make every possible effort to facilitate repatriation of Afghan refugees from across the globe.
Regarding Pakistan, the Afghan Foreign Minister said we have good relations with Islamabad.
He welcomed the friendly countries for announcing assistance to Afghanistan at Geneva conference.
Meanwhile, donor countries have pledged a total of 1.2 billion dollars to provide life-saving aid to millions of Afghans at a ministers’ meeting for a donors’ conference in Geneva.
Earlier, the UN Chief Antonio Guterres, speaking to ministers gathered for a donor conference for Afghanistan, urged countries to provide desperately needed aid to Afghans, insisting that “the people of Afghanistan need a lifeline”.
The conference was seeking to raise the 606 million dollars urgently needed to provide life-saving aid to millions of Afghans over the four final months of the year.