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Humanitarian Aid Alone Unable to Solve Economic Crisis: MoFA

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KABUL, Afghanistan – The Europe, United States and partners have concluded that humanitarian aid alone cannot solve the economic problems in Afghanistan, said a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), quoting international community “there remains a need for development work”.

Last month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US will provide an additional $327 million in aid to Afghanistan to shore up humanitarian assistance – an effort to respond to the needs of over half the population of the country.  

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Afghanistan Deputy Minister of Economy Abdul Latif Nazari said humanitarian aid cannot help alleviate the economic problems in the country, adding infrastructure projects are one of the other aspect to consider.

“To overcome the economic challenges, the humanitarian aid alone is not enough but there should be support for Afghanistan’s infrastructure and big projects; then both the poverty will be rooted out and jobs will be created,” he said, as TOLOnews quoted.

Development aid to Afghanistan has been suspended since the fall of the former government, which also had a negative impact on the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  

Last month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the US will provide an additional $327 million in aid to Afghanistan to shore up humanitarian assistance – an effort to respond to the needs of over half the population of the country.  

“This assistance from the United States will continue to support the scaled-up humanitarian response in Afghanistan and neighboring countries through international humanitarian organizations,” Blinken said in a statement.

International humanitarian organizations includes the United Nations Population Fund, International Organization for Migration, and other implementing partners in the region.

Meanwhile, Blinken said the US will continue to support Afghan people through various aids to respond to their basic and humanitarian needs.

“Our commitment to the people of Afghanistan is enduring,” he added. “We provide assistance to people in need, regardless of their gender, race, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, or profession.”

The funding includes almost $119 million from the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, and nearly $208 million in assistance from the US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, the top diplomat said, as Tribune reported.

It will be used to provide cash aid, shelter, healthcare, and reintegration assistance for individuals either displaced internally in Afghanistan or those that fled the war-torn nation, according to the State Department.

Total US funding for Afghanistan now sits at $1.1 billion since the Taliban took over the country in August 2021.

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Source: The Khaama Press News Agency

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