President Biden attended a special summit with another group of 20 leaders on Tuesday to discuss the growing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan since the Taliban took control of the country in August.
The Virtual Summit kicked off with the EU promising a 1. 1.2 billion aid package for the troubled country. European Commission President Arsala van der Leyen said the aid package would help avert a major humanitarian, social and economic catastrophe in Afghanistan.
In a statement, the European Union said the funds were “direct assistance” to Afghans and would be managed by international humanitarian organizations, not the Taliban government.
The funds come in the form of a تقریبا 35,355 million package approved by the European Union for humanitarian aid in August. Some of the funds went to Afghanistan’s neighbors who were taking fugitives from the Taliban government.
However, European development aid remains frozen because it does not recognize the Taliban as a government.
Mr Biden, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other European G-20 leaders attended the summit. Chinese President Xi Jinping did not attend. As of Tuesday morning, it was unclear whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would attend.
Italy, which holds the rotating presidency of the G-20 – a group of the world’s 20 largest economies – held a meeting in August after the US-led military withdrawal from the country.