By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
(Worthy News) – Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged at least $1.7 billion Tuesday to avert an economic catastrophe in Afghanistan. Still, it was unclear when and where the promised money would arrive.
United States President Joe Biden stressed that aid should be provided via independent international organizations and not directly to the ruling Taliban.
It was not immediately clear whether the Taliban would allow third parties to run aid programs.
Several sources confirmed Worthy News executions following the withdrawal of U.S. forces. Many who supported the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan are in hiding to avoid detection. Christians are also among those trying to escape the Taliban fighters, Worthy News learned.
At the G20 gathering, pledges include a promise by the EU’s European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to give 1 billion euros ($1.15 billion) to Afghanistan and neighboring nations hosting refugees.
Chancellor Merkel, who did not stand for re-election last month and will step down after a new government is formed, reaffirmed Germany’s pledge of 600 million euros (nearly $700 million).
“None of us has anything to gain if the entire monetary system in Afghanistan collapses or the financial system collapses,” she stressed.
“Then humanitarian aid can no longer be provided. Of course, it’s never easy to draw the line, so to speak,” Merkel explained.
But she said that “to look on as 40 million people descend into chaos because there’s no electricity supply or financial system – that cannot and must not be the goal of the international community.”
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