The United States did not rule out granting long-term aid to the Taliban, who have regained power in Afghanistan, although for the time being it will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans through international institutions and NGOs.
This was expressed by the White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, in an interview with ABC News, where conditioned that long-term aid on the behavior of the Taliban.
“It depends on whether they fulfill their commitments: their commitments for a safe exit for the Americans and Afghan allies, their commitments not to allow Afghanistan to become a base from which terrorists can attack the US or any other country, their commitments regarding to fulfill its international obligations, “he listed.
Sullivan stressed that the US will wait to see their actions to decide how to respond “in terms of economic and development assistance.”
Nonetheless, the US government will continue to send humanitarian aid to Afghans through international institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the UN World Food Program (FAO) and NGOs that still operate in the country, “it will not be through the government” of the Taliban, Sullivan remarked.
The National Security Advisor recalled that, after completing its military withdrawal yesterday, Monday, the US military mission in Afghanistan has ended, but not its diplomatic mission, which has as its main purpose to evacuate the 100 Americans who have remained in the country and Afghan allies.
In that sense, he assured that Washington has “influence” over the Taliban to guarantee that all Americans who remain on Afghan soil can leave.
Sullivan said that in recent weeks between 5,000 and 6,000 Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan. The remaining 100 were repeatedly contacted by the US authorities to move to the Kabul airport or a meeting point, but they are still there.
US President Joe Biden is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday to justify his decision not to extend the presence of troops in Afghanistan beyond August 31..
The president has been criticized by some lawmakers for leaving US citizens and Afghan collaborators behind.
Sullivan was asked about it and replied that “those who are criticizing are not the ones who sit in the Crisis Room (of the White House) and do not get the tough calls about the threats we face and the goals we are trying to achieve.”
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