President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani reacted to Washington’s decision to cut $1 billion in aid to Afghanistan, emphasizing that the reduction in economic assistance would not have an impact on key sectors and departments of the country.

In his speech to the nation following Washington’s announcement, Ghani said the government has already considered plans to cope with the unexpected conditions, promising that the government will try to fill the vacuum wit the help of alternative resources.

However, he said the government will continue to its efforts to resolve the issue through negotiations.

The State Department earlier announced that Washington is cutting $1 billion in economic assistance to Afghanistan in reaction to ongoing political impasse.

According to a statement released by State Department, Washington is prepared to further reduce its assistance to Afghanistan by additional $1 billion next year.

The statement further added “The United States deeply regrets that Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah have informed Secretary Pompeo that they have been unable to agree on an inclusive government that can meet the challenges of governance, peace, and security, and provide for the health and welfare of Afghan citizens.”

“Because this leadership failure poses a direct threat to U.S. national interests, effective immediately, the U.S. government will initiate a review of the scope of our cooperation with Afghanistan,” the State Department said, adding that “Among other steps, we are today announcing a responsible adjustment to our spending in Afghanistan and immediately reducing assistance by $1 billion this year. We are prepared to reduce by another $1 billion in 2021.”

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