US, EU say humanitarian aid alone unable to fix economy: MoFA



The Europe, US and partners have concluded that humanitarian aid alone cannot solve the economic problems in Afghanistan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said, while citing the EU special envoy for Afghanistan, who also said that “there remains a need for development work.”

MoFA said that the Islamic Emirate has gained many achievements over the last year, but the Eastern countries have overlooked them and not responded positively.

“The Daesh and several other similar groups has been defeated in Afghanistan and lost the ability to attack and resist, and, therefore, they now attack the innocent people,” said Hafiz Ahmad Zia Takal, deputy spokesman for MoFA.

Some military veterans urged the Islamic Emirate to prevent terrorist groups from posing security threats to Afghanistan and regional countries.

“The security forces should admit their weakness and create an intimidating environment. In fact, instead of being harsh, we need to defeat Dash in coordination with the people,” said Torek Farhadi, a political analyst.

“The presence and activities of the groups which are named as terrorist groups by the international community are similar to a poison in Afghanistan,” said Asadullah Nadim, a military veteran.

The Ministry of Economy said that humanitarian aid cannot help to alleviate the economic problems in the country.

“To overcome the economic challenges, the humanitarian aid alone is not enough but there should be support for Afghanistan’s infrastructure and big projects; then both the poverty will be rooted out and jobs will be created,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, Deputy Minister of Economy.

Development aid to Afghanistan was been suspended since the fall of the former government, which also had a negative impact on the country’s GDP.

Meanwhile, the European Union’s special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, said he hosted a meeting of Special Representatives and Envoys for Afghanistan from EU Member States in Brussels including external experts focused on human rights and on the economy.

Niklasson said in a series of tweets that the EU remains committed to supporting the Afghans.

He mentioned the “deteriorating human rights situation” in Afghanistan.

“Concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation, notably for women, girls and ethnic groups, the lack of political inclusivity, and the inability of the Taliban to adopt and implement coherent policies in line with commitments to the Afghan people” were the topics discussed, Niklasson said.

But the Islamic Emirate denied Niklasson’s remarks.

“Such allegations being made by foreign organizations or countries are baseless and are dependent on inaccurate information. After the Islamic Emirate swept into power in the country, human rights has been ensured in each part of the country,” said Bilal Karimi, deputy spokesman for the Islamic Emirate.

This comes as many Western countries and human rights watchdogs voiced concerns over the situation of human rights in Afghanistan.

“These Western countries themselves are responsible for the current situation in Afghanistan and they should admit it,” said Sayed Jawad Sijadi, an international relations analyst.

“It will be wise for the current Afghan government to consider the international concerns over human rights, women’s rights, ethnic rights, and political inclusivity until it finalizes its political stance,” said Ahmad Munib Rasa, a political analyst.

The international community made ensuring human rights, including rights of women and girls, the formation of an inclusive government, and the prevention of foreign groups from using Afghan soil to launch attacks as preconditions for recognition of the current Afghan government.

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