United States withdraws financial support from Afghan
The United States is withdrawing about $100 million from an Afghan energy project and would also refuse to provide another $60 million in planned assistance.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would complete the energy infrastructure project but would find another way to infuse money without involving Afghan authorities.
“Afghan government institutions and leaders must be transparent and accountable to the Afghan people. We stand against those who exploit their positions of power and influence to deprive the Afghan people of the benefits of foreign assistance,” he said in the statement.
The withholding of $60 million is due to a “lack of transparency surrounding procurement decisions” by the National Procurement Authority, which is “a great cause for concern.”
“Hearing reports the National Procurement Authority won’t authorize fuel purchases for the power plant providing the only electricity in Kabul — even while the US & Resolute Support [US/NATO military mission] help Afghan security forces enable repairs to transmission lines. Could this be true?”
Then, The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee lost its funding because it is “incapable of being a partner in the international effort to build a better future for the Afghan people.”
And a final pledge: “The American taxpayers and the Afghan people can count on the United States to act when we see assistance funds misused.”