US To Prevent Afghan Aid Going Through ‘Taliban Coffers’

US State Department Spokesman Ned Price speaks during a news briefing at the State Department| AP file photo

WASHINGTON: The United States will continue to be a “very generous” donor of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people and will aim to prevent any of its assistance from passing through Taliban coffers, State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Friday.

The United States is taking steps to allow humanitarian work to continue in Afghanistan despite US sanctions on the Taliban.

“We can maintain a humanitarian commitment to ... the Afghan people in ways that do not have any funding or assistance pass through the coffers of a central government,” Price told reporters. “I expect the United States will continue to be a very generous donor to the Afghan people.”

The United Nations says more than 18 million people — over half of Afghanistan’s population — require aid and half of all Afghan children under the age of five already suffer from acute malnutrition amid the second drought in four years.

A Taliban offensive culminated with the capture of Kabul on Aug 15.

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