US calls on aid partners to ensure assistance reaches those in need in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of State spokesperson, Mathew Miller, has called on American aid partners to ensure that safeguards are enforced so assistance reaches those in need in Afghanistan.

He emphasized the importance of robust monitoring and reporting by organizations implementing aid programs, especially in unstable and challenging environments.

“When there is cause for concern related to the delivery of assistance, we have plans and protocols in place to respond. We will continue to monitor all of our assistance programs and seek to mitigate the risk that U.S. aid could inadvertently benefit the Taliban or be diverted to unintended recipients,” Miller told reporters.

This statement follows a report by the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) highlighting the Taliban’s interference in aid provided by the U.S. to the Afghan people.