Antony Blinken, US secretary of State in a statement on Wednesday said that America will provide “nearly $300 Million in additional civilian assistance to Afghanistan in regards to maintain gains of the past two decades.
Blinken said that despite US withdrawal President Joe Biden vowed to continue supporting Afghanistan.
“As part of our commitment to invest in and support the Afghan people, we are working with Congress to provide nearly $300 million in additional civilian assistance for Afghanistan in 2021 from both the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development.
“This assistance, which we announced at the quadrennial donors’ conference in November 2020 as potentially being available at a future date, is being made available now to demonstrate our enduring support for the Afghan people,” Blinken said.
He also tweeted that US supports demonstrates continuous interest and desire to see Afghanistan build on gains of the past two decades.
According to Blinken US funds are targeted at preserving and building on the gains of the past two decades by improving access to essential services for Afghan citizens, fighting corruption and narcotics, promoting economic growth, improving health and educational services, supporting women’s empowerment, facilitating human rights, strengthening Afghan civil society and independent media.
“As the United States begins withdrawing our troops, we will use our civilian and economic assistance to advance a just and durable peace for Afghanistan and a brighter future for the Afghan people,” Blinken added.