The Austrian government to provide an emergency aid package of 18 million euros to Afghanistan.
A statement by the Austrian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that the government’s decision came after international aid organizations warned almost daily of the rapid increase in the number of people in Afghanistan and the region who will depend on food and humanitarian aid.
The statement demanded the rapid convening of an international donors’ conference for Afghanistan as soon as possible, expressing concern over the situation in the country after the Taliban seized power.
The statement pointed out that the aid aims to improve living conditions in Afghanistan and thus prevent new flows of refugees to Europe.
The statement quoted Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz as confirming that Afghanistan is currently the focus of international attention, explaining that neither Austria nor the European Union can solve this crisis alone, and there is a need for the United Nations as an engine that brings together all relevant international and regional parties.
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The statement said that in light of the precarious situation that threatens women and girls under Taliban rule, Austria will significantly increase its commitment to support Afghanistan.
The statement pointed out that the Afghan people have been suffering from continuous conflicts for decades, explaining that nearly half of the population – more than 18 million people – depend on humanitarian aid under the supervision of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, as nearly three million Afghans have fled their country.