Russia to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

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Earlier, countries who attended the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan called for providing urgent humanitarian and economic aid to Afghans….reports Asian Lite News

A Russian official on Sunday informed that Moscow will start special flights to Afghanistan to provide humanitarian aid to the war-torn country.

“We are preparing special flights to Afghanistan to deliver large humanitarian aid, foodstuffs. On these special flights in November, we will also repatriate Afghan nationals with Russian citizenship,” Russia’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Dmitry Zhirnov said during an interview with Rossiya-1 TV, according to Samaa TV.

Earlier, countries who attended the Moscow format meeting on Afghanistan called for providing urgent humanitarian and economic aid to Afghans.

The meeting was held on October 20.

The nations also proposed launching a collective initiative to convene a representative international donor conference on Afghanistan under the UN aegis as soon as possible, Samaa TV reported.

Meanwhile, Russia, Iran, and most of the central Asian countries has agreed to take part in regional security talks on Afghanistan to be hosted by India on November 10.

India is hosting this dialogue to discuss the ongoing Afghanistan situation after the fall of democratically elected government.

Meanwhile, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Sunday said that America is yet not ready to provide financial aid to Islamic Emirate in Afghanistan until they fulfil their commitments like inclusive government, protecting rights of women and not allowing the Afghan soil to be used again by any terrorist outfit.

“We are not yet in a position to be able to provide money directly through the current leadership in Afghanistan, the Taliban is not in a position we would want. Until we see a substantially improved approach to everything, from the inclusive government to other elements that we are discussing with them regularly, our focus is going to continue to be on providing funding … through international organizations and non-government organizations,” Sullivan told the CNN broadcaster, reported Sputnik.

The US would need to see significant improvement in government inclusivity and other aspects, Sullivan said, adding that the US was regularly discussing this with the other party.

He stressed that Washington considers it the best way to “actually help the people of Afghanistan without creating a circumstance in which some of those funds could be used for purposes that are problematic to the national security interests of the United States.” (ANI)

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