KABUL: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US would provide around $300 million in civilian assistance to Afghanistan for sustainability of advances made over the last two decades.
Despite the US withdrawal, President Joe Biden has pledged to continue helping Afghanistan, Blinken said in a statement on Wednesday.
“As part of our commitment to invest in and support the Afghan people, we are working with Congress to provide nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance for Afghanistan in 2021 from both the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development,” he said.
“This assistance, which we announced at the quadrennial donors’ conference in November 2020 as potentially being available at a future date, is being made available now to demonstrate our enduring support for the Afghan people,” Blinken said.
He also in a tweet said that the United States’ continued commitment and willingness to see Afghanistan expand on the achievements of the previous two decades is reflected in its funding.
According to Blinken, US funds will be used to preserve and expand on the achievements of the previous two decades by enhancing Afghan citizens’ access to essential services, combating corruption and drugs, fostering economic development, improving health and educational services, supporting women’s empowerment, encouraging human rights, and strengthening Afghan civil society and independent media.
“As the United States begins withdrawing our troops, we will use our civilian and economic assistance to advance a just and durable peace for Afghanistan and a brighter future for the Afghan people,” Blinken concluded.