Pompeo: Washington cuts aid to Afghanistan by one billion dollars due to the dispute between Ghani and Abdullah


Afghan President Ashraf Ghani (right) during his meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Kabul on Monday. A picture of Reuters from the Afghan presidential palace. (Reselling or archiving an image is prohibited.)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday the United States would cut aid to Afghanistan by $ 1 billion and was ready to make a similar cut in 2021 because of the ongoing conflict between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political opponent Abdullah Abdullah.

“We will also initiate a review of all of our programs and projects to identify additional cuts and reconsider our pledges to future conferences for donors to Afghanistan,” Pompeo said in a statement after a one-day mediation mission to Kabul.

Prepared by Ahmed Sobhi Khalifa for the Arab Bulletin


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