Speaking at the virtual 2020 Afghanistan Conference, Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale pledged $300 million in U.S. civilian assistance for one year and said, “Our common goal is an Afghanistan at peace with itself and its neighbors, respectful of the human rights of all its citizens, and capable of ensuring terrorists can never again use Afghan soil to threaten the security of America and our allies.”
The United States is committed to maintaining and advancing the gains achieved in Afghanistan since 2001. These include respect for the rights of all Afghans, including women, youth, and minority groups; adherence to the rule of law; respect for international obligations; and inclusive, transparent, and accountable government.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stressed that the Government of Afghanistan must also do its part to implement stability and security:
“I’m talking about things like economic reforms; real anti-corruption efforts, including our drug interdiction; respect for human rights, including religious freedom; a welcome environment for the private sector; and steps toward self-reliance.”
Secretary Pompeo stated firmly that “the choices made in peace negotiations will affect the size and scope of future international support and assistance.”
The international community also has a role to play, said Secretary Pompeo, “especially Afghanistan’s neighbors, to help that country toward a more peaceful, secure and sustainable future.”
The United States has made available $600 million for Afghan civilian assistance needs in 2021. “We are pleased to pledge. . .$300 million of that money, with the remaining $300 million available as we review progress in the peace process,” explained Under Secretary Hale.
“We all have a stake in the future of Afghanistan and in ensuring a more peaceful, secure and sustainable future for its people,” said Under Secretary Hale. “The government of Afghanistan must do its part. And the Afghan people and world expect no less.”