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

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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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