The United States has announced a reduction in aid to Afghanistan after a consensus among Afghan leaders in Kabul did not create a government.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced a $ 1 billion reduction in Afghanistan’s financing following a failure to negotiate with Afghan leaders.
A statement issued by Mike Pompeo’s office said that the United States is deeply saddened those Afghan leaders: Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah could not produce consensus on governance in Kabul.
What is the US upset about with Afghan leaders?
According to Mike Pompeo, his failure to damage the bilateral relations between the United States and Afghanistan has resulted in the loss of Afghans, Americans and allies who have sacrificed their lives for Afghanistan.
Washington’s announcement comes at a time when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo returned from Kabul to the United States after failing to negotiate with Afghan leaders. The talks also included the implementation of a peace agreement with the Taliban, under which the Afghan government made possible the release of Taliban prisoners.
During Mike Pompeo’s visit, the Afghan Taliban participated in a dialogue via video link from Doha regarding the release of prisoners.
It is understood that the US has started withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan under the Afghan peace agreement with the Taliban, which aims to establish peace in the country.
Under the agreement, the United States agreed to reduce its army from 12,000 to 8600 within 135 days.
From Afghanistan Withdrawal US troops are a historic peace agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February 29.
Mike Pompeo credited with peace deal
The United States has called President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Abdullah Abdullah’s disagreement over governance a threat to peace efforts.
However, Mike Pompeo responded to reporters’ questions by saying that the peace deal with the Taliban in Doha had established a significant amount of peace in the United States and that there were no attacks on US forces during that time.
After returning from his recent trip to Kabul, Mike Pompeo spent 75 minutes in Doha on his way to Washington, and met other leaders, including Mullah Baradar Akhund, a key Afghan Taliban negotiator.
It is to be noted that after the dispute over the election results, there was no consensus on the formation of different parties in Afghanistan, after which Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah took oath at separate celebrations as President of Afghanistan.
The United States, through its representative, participated in the oath-taking ceremony of President Ashraf Ghani.
In the event of a consensus, the United States can withdraw its decision
Mike Pompeo said that if Afghan leaders had reached a consensus, then the United States could review its decision to reduce funding.
In the absence of a consensus, the United States will reduce another $ 1 billion in aid for next year as well. The statement issued by Mike Pompeo states that the United States will also review the pledges and conferences made for Afghanistan’s financing.
The United States has announced a reduction in aid despite the severe threat of the Corona virus.