U.S. Cuts $100 Million in Aid to Afghanistan, Cites “Afghan Govt Corruption”

Per the NYT, the State Department cut $100 million in aid for Afghanistan on Thursday, a week before Afghanistan holds national elections, and in the wake of failed peace talks with the Taliban

Secretary Pompeo commented “We expect the assistance funds we provide to Afghanistan to serve the interests of all Afghan citizens. Due to identified Afghan Government corruption & financial mismanagement, the U.S. Government is returning approximately $100 million to the U.S. Treasury…””

AOL reports U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the United States would withdraw about $100 million earmarked for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance, blaming corruption and a lack of transparency in the country.

Pompeo said in a statement the United States would complete the infrastructure project, but would do so using an “‘off-budget’ mechanism,” faulting Afghanistan for an “inability to transparently manage U.S. government resources.”

“Due to identified Afghan government corruption and financial mismanagement, the U.S. Government is returning approximately $100 million to the U.S. Treasury that was intended for a large energy infrastructure project,” he added.

The decision comes a day after the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, John Bass, in a tweet called out the country’s National Procurement Authority (NPA) for not approving the purchase of fuel for thermal electricity.

Residents of Kabul have accused the NPA of ignoring people’s need for energy, as large parts of the city have been without power for more than seven hours every day this month.

This article was written by the staff of TheConservativeOpinion.com 

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