EU raises aid pledge to Afghanistan and its neighbors to € 1 billion

Afghan girls will receive free bread distributed by the government outside a bakery in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 3, 2020. (Omar Sobhani / Reuters)

Brussels — The European Commission has announced that it will provide an additional € 700 million ($ 89.2 million) in emergency assistance to Afghanistan and its neighbors prior to Tuesday’s Group 20 Afghanistan Summit.

The pledge raises the total amount of new funding to € 1 billion after EU executives previously promised € 300 million to prevent the collapse of Afghanistan’s basic services and food shortages.

“We must do everything we can to avoid the humanitarian and socio-economic collapse of Afghanistan,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said in a statement, August 15 The Islamic extremists who occupied Kabul on the day added that they had to meet the EU first. Five conditions for long-term assistance.

($ 1 = 0.8651 euros)

Robin Emot