AFGHANISTAN RETURNS TO TALEBANS: WHAT IS HAPPENING | LATEST NEWS 25 AUGUST 2021
The US president, Joe Biden, confirmed that the withdrawal of Western troops from Afghanistan will take place by August 31, as had been agreed with the Taliban: “The sooner we finish, the better,” said the head of the White House. Yesterday, Tuesday 24 August 2021, the extraordinary G7 summit dedicated to the Afghan crisis was held via videoconference: the other leaders were pressing for a postponement of the deadline to facilitate the evacuation operations and – having acknowledged Biden’s position – now they are asking at least to keep humanitarian corridors open even after that date. The Italian Prime Minister, Mario Draghi, then insisted on the need to involve Russia and China as well, perhaps through an extraordinary G20 to be held in Italy in September. Meanwhile, the Taliban announced at a press conference that they will no longer allow Afghan citizens to go to the Kabul airport, where evacuations continue in chaos. According to the US newspaper Washington Post, on Monday 23 August the de facto leader of the Islamic fundamentalist group, Abdul Ghani Baradar, met in secret in the Afghan capital the director of the CIA, William Burns. Below is the latest news from today’s Afghanistan, Wednesday 25 August 2021.
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07.40 am – World Bank, stop aid to Afghanistan – The World Bank has suspended the disbursement of aid to Afghanistan, expressing concern about how the return to power of the Taliban will affect “the development prospects of the country, especially for women”. The bank had allocated $ 784 million in development funds for Afghanistan in 2021. “We have suspended disbursements and are closely monitoring and assessing the situation in line with our internal policies and procedures,” said a spokesperson for the Bank. world.
07.00 – Usa, Republican resolution in the House against Biden – A group of influential Republicans from the United States House of Representatives presented one resolution which condemns what they have termed President Joe Biden’s “failure to comply with suggestions from military advisers and intelligence on the speed and nature of the Taliban offensive”. The measure is unlikely to pass, given that the House is controlled by Democrats. The resolution is signed, among others, by minority leader Kevin McCarthy, group leader Steve Scalise and conference president Elise Stefanik.