Thomas West, the US special representative for Afghanistan affairs, met with Martin Griffiths, United Nations undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting, and the two sides discussed the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
West announced this meeting today September 21 on his “X” page and said that the United States is still the biggest humanitarian donor to the people of Afghanistan.
The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) stated in a report to Congress last month that the US has helped Afghanistan more than $2.35B in the last two years.
SIGAR remarked that these donations were made despite the disruption and the possibility of the Taliban misusing these resources.
On the other hand, humanitarian operations to help the needy in Afghanistan are facing a lack of funds.
Cindy Lou McCain, the executive director of the World Food Program, which distributes most of the food aid in Afghanistan, has pointed out that they will have to leave Afghanistan if they cannot secure the funding.
However, the US special representative for Afghanistan commented: “Grateful to our implementing partners for delivering consistent with global principles.”