The Biden administration did not rule out on Tuesday granting aid to the Taliban, who have regained power in Afghanistan, although for the time being it will continue to provide humanitarian assistance to Afghans through international institutions and NGOs.
This was expressed by the White House National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, in an interview with ABC News, where he conditioned this long-term aid to the behavior of the Taliban.
“It depends on whether they fulfill their commitments: their commitments to a safe exit for Americans and Afghan allies, their commitments to not allow Afghanistan to become a base from which terrorists can attack the United States or any other country, their commitments to fulfill their international obligations,” he said.
Sullivan stressed that the United States will wait to see their actions before deciding how to respond “in terms of economic and development assistance.”
In the meantime, the U.S. government will continue to send humanitarian aid to Afghans through international institutions such as the World Health Organization (WHO) or the UN World Food Program (FAO) and NGOs still operating in the country, “not through the government” of the Taliban, Sullivan remarked.
The National Security Advisor recalled that, after completing its military withdrawal yesterday, Monday, the U.S. military mission in Afghanistan has ended, but not its diplomatic mission, whose main purpose is to evacuate the 100 Americans who have remained in the country and the Afghan allies.
Sullivan said that in recent weeks between 5,500 and 6,000 Americans have been evacuated from Afghanistan.
President Joe Biden is scheduled to give a speech on Tuesday to justify his decision not to extend the troop presence in Afghanistan beyond Aug. 31.