The World Bank Board of Directors has approved the allocation of $ 280 million from the frozen Afghanistan Reconstruction Fund for humanitarian programs implemented by the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Reuters reported, citing sources. According to the agency, earlier members of the board of directors had informally discussed unfreezing up to $ 500 million with a fund of $ 1.5 billion.
In order for the funds to be transferred to WFP and UNICEF, the decision must be approved by each of the 31 donors of the fund, including the United States. The White House and the US Treasury did not respond to Reuters’ inquiries. A representative of the World Bank told the agency that the issue was indeed discussed, and the fund’s donor meeting is scheduled for December 3.
Since mid-August, Afghanistan has been under the control of the Taliban terrorist movement (banned in the Russian Federation), the former president of the country, Ashraf Ghani, fled. The Taliban have created an interim government in Afghanistan. On the eve, the US State Department, following the talks in Doha, announced that the United States would support the actions of humanitarian organizations in Afghanistan. Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he considered it necessary to unfreeze the accounts of the ousted government in foreign banks and allow the Taliban to use the funds.
How the country’s embassies work after the overthrow of the government in it – in the material of “Kommersant” “Virtual Republic of Afghanistan”.