UN donor conference: Billions in aid for Afghanistan pledged

Dhe international community has pledged more than a billion dollars to aid the needy people in Afghanistan. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres announced the provisional amount on Monday before the end of a donor conference in Geneva. The United Nations had previously stated a need of $ 600 million to alleviate the worst of the hardship. Even before the Islamist Taliban came to power, the country suffered from droughts and food shortages.

For Germany, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) announced humanitarian aid in the amount of 100 million euros and offered a further 500 million euros “to support Afghanistan and its neighboring countries.” pure emergency aid ”for the population. He called on the Taliban leadership “to ensure the well-being and safety of humanitarian aid organizations and their staff”. He also called for basic human rights to be observed.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to journalists at the UN donor conference on Afghanistan.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks to journalists at the UN donor conference on Afghanistan.

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The United States required a written commitment from the Taliban government to uphold the rights of aid agencies, women and minorities. “Words are not enough. We have to see action, ”said the American UN Ambassador, Linda Thomas-Greenfield.

On-site presence only by European agreement

In the meantime, the federal government wants to decide the question of the reopening of the embassy in Kabul in “very close coordination with our European partners”. That said a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office in Berlin. From the formal establishment of diplomatic relations – which included recognition of the Taliban government – the fact of a mere “presence on the ground” must be strictly distinguished, it said.

In Berlin it is assumed that it may be necessary to send diplomatic personnel to Kabul to facilitate the departure of local staff and other endangered persons who are listed on the German lists of persons seeking protection. The first commercial flight since the Taliban came to power landed at the Afghan capital’s airport on Monday.

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