Merkel said Berlin will not recognize the Taliban, despite the EU pledging $1.2 billion in help to Afghanistan.
Following a G20 video conference on Tuesday, the chancellor stated that the Taliban terrorists did not construct the inclusive government that the international community required. As a result, she noted, the issue of the Taliban’s political recognition is not on her radar right now.
“However, conversations should and must take place,” she asserted, adding that the German government does communicate with the Taliban. She also backed Berlin’s choice to offer Afghanistan and its neighbors with €600 million ($692 million) in aid. “Watching 40 million people plunge into turmoil… cannot and must not be a goal of the world community,” she stated, adding that “watching 40 million people plunge into disaster… cannot and must not be an aim of the international community.” Earlier on Tuesday, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU would send a €1 billion ($ 1.2 billion) “Afghan Support Package” as part of a “global solidarity initiative,” and urged member states to “top it up with donations.” The European Union is taking the lead in the global solidarity movement. The over €1 billion Afghan Support Package is an investment in security and stability. I am hoping for additional contributions from Member States. pic.twitter.com/GCfON0a4yr Von von Leyen also stated that aid would be sent through foreign organizations on the ground, rather than the Taliban government, which Brussels does not formally recognize.
When it comes to Afghanistan, the EU’s development aid – another type of humanitarian help – remains suspended. As do money froze by the United States and the United Kingdom. Beijing recently urged both countries to release funds for the Afghan government’s use, but such ideas were dismissed by Washington and London.
Following meetings with American officials in Doha, Qatar, the Taliban announced on Monday that the US had agreed to supply humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. The Taliban applauded the decision, claiming that aid should not be tied to political matters.
According to figures released by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in September, more than 18 million Afghans require humanitarian assistance, nearly double the 9.4 million reported in 2020, and hundreds of thousands of people remain displaced as a result of decades of conflict.
Members of the international community blocked “billions of assets” and donor cash after the Taliban gained power in Afghanistan, UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Deborah Lyons said at a Security. Brinkwire Summary News. Search the internet for further information.