White House alerts congress to ongoing Afghanistan emergency

Children waiting in a queue to receive food in aid in Kabul on January 18, 2022.

The White House has informed Congress about the extension of the national emergency regarding Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis and potential economic collapse.

This extension adheres to Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act, which requires the President to notify Congress 90 days before the emergency’s anniversary, the White House said.

President Biden’s statement emphasized the continuation of the emergency declared in Executive Order 14064 on February 11, 2022, beyond its February 11, 2024, deadline.

The ongoing crisis in Afghanistan, including critical needs for food security, livelihood support, water, sanitation, health, and shelter, poses a significant threat to U.S. national security and foreign policy, Biden said.

“Additionally, safeguarding assets of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) in the U.S. is crucial for addressing this emergency and aiding the Afghan people. Legal claims against DAB’s property by terrorism victims’ representatives and intentions for future claims have been noted in public court filings, Biden added.

Consequently, Biden has deemed it necessary to prolong the national emergency to continue addressing Afghanistan’s widespread humanitarian crisis and the risk of a worsening economic situation.