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The United Nations requests 600 million dollars to provide urgent aid to Afghanistan and receives guarantees from the Taliban

Amman Today

publish date 2021-09-13 20:16:00

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres requested today, Monday, during a donors’ conference in Geneva, to raise 600 million dollars to provide urgent humanitarian aid to Afghanistan, and confirmed receiving guarantees from the Taliban on humanitarian work, while Kabul Airport witnessed active movement with the arrival of Qatari and UN relief flights.

Guterres said – in a speech during a one-day conference held at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to collect aid for Afghanistan – that the funds he requested will be used to help 11 million Afghans over the next four months.

He added that Afghanistan is experiencing one of the worst food crises in the world, noting that there is a need to enhance humanitarian aid and provide an air bridge to several areas in the country.

He added that the lifeline of the Afghan people must be restored, because time is short and events are accelerating, stressing the need to allow United Nations staff to play their role in Afghanistan without intimidation.

Referring to the Taliban movement, which recently formed an interim government, the Secretary-General of the United Nations confirmed that the international organization had received a message from the “de facto authorities” that give guarantees to secure freedom of humanitarian action and respect for human rights.

Guterres said that Afghanistan is facing emergency situations, and the gains made so far must be protected, calling for women’s rights to be guaranteed.

For his part, Martin Griffiths, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, revealed that he had received a letter from the Taliban regarding guarantees from the movement for human rights and free humanitarian access to Afghanistan.

In addition to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and his assistant for humanitarian affairs, representatives of the governments of several countries and international organizations, including the International Red Cross, participated in the conference, which was held in Geneva.

Reliance on aid

United Nations statistics indicate that half of Afghanistan’s population depended on aid before the Taliban took control of the country.

Officials in the United Nations and relief organizations warned of the possibility of a rise in this number due to drought and lack of food and cash, as well as the cessation of foreign financial grants following the Taliban’s takeover of power.

The United Nations recently warned of a humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan after the Taliban took control of it.

active movement

Meanwhile, Kabul Airport is witnessing active traffic, as more Qatar Airways planes arrived carrying 21 tons of relief aid, medical supplies and medicines provided by the World Health Organization.

Also, 4 World Food Program planes carrying teams belonging to the program arrived at Kabul airport, returning to Afghanistan. Sources in the International Organization of Al-Jazeera said that the program will resume work in distributing humanitarian aid in several cities in Afghanistan.

The head of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, visited Kabul to see the situation closely, and said that his visit to Afghanistan aims to assess the urgent humanitarian needs in the country and the situation of 3.5 million displaced Afghans.

After a Qatari technical team completed the rehabilitation of Kabul International Airport, a Pakistan International Airlines plane arrived this morning, inaugurating its series of commercial flights to Afghanistan.

The CEO of Pakistan International Airlines and a number of officials from the Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan from the Qatari technical support team were briefed on the details of the process of rehabilitating all aspects of the work at the airport.

frozen money

On the other hand, the final joint statement of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Federation of Banks and Exchange of Afghanistan called for the release of the frozen Afghan funds.

The statement called for the need to provide aid and work to restore services in Afghanistan, and called on the United Nations and international organizations to support the Afghan people.

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