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Washington’s resignation is $160 million, directed to Afghanistan, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced on Thursday, citing unacceptable levels of corruption in the Afghan government.
The USA is still the entire energy project, which account for $100 million of the funds. But it is not the Director, the money is on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which said Pompeo, “unable to take a partner.”
Pompeo made the “Afghan government is not transparent to the U.S. government-manage resources”, for the home funds, but said the United States would still have the five substations and the maze of lines in southern Afghanistan build.
United States Secretary of state, Michael Pompeo (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Washington is withholding the other $ 60 million in assistance and will not be redirected, it projects in Afghanistan on the belief that the Ghani government is neither transparent nor accountable in its spending.
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The United States is cutting off all funds to the Afghan body in charge of the government, the corruption, the Monitoring and evaluation Committee, saying it is “incapable of, a partner in the international efforts to build a better future for the Afghan people.”
“We stand against those who use their positions of power and influence to deprive the Afghan people of the benefits of foreign support and a prosperous future,” Pompeo said in a statement.
Special Inspector General for Afghan reconstruction John Sopko cited reports dating back nine years, in which hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. aid is missing to the nation, wasted corrupt contracts and wasteful spending.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a ceremony to introduce the new chief of the intelligence service in Kabul, Afghanistan. President Donald Trump’s US-Taliban talks, looks like a gift for the suffering Afghan President has insisted that a key election in less than three weeks time, despite the widespread expectations that a peace Treaty would push aside. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)
To draw after 18 years with troops in the nation and $800 billion dollars, the US decision to back the funding from Afghanistan marks a major pivot– the Afghan government depends almost entirely on foreign aid.
The decision comes a day after the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, John Bass, called the National procurement Agency on Twitter for the non-approval of the purchase of fuel for thermal power.
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While in an interview with reporters, said Pompeo, his intended message for Ghani that the United States wants to see free and fair elections on Sept. 28, when Ghani face off against competitors is to have a second term of five years. In 2014, the presidential election was riddled with fraud, such as the Parliament election last year.
The presidential election has already been delayed twice, and the Taliban have condemned the election as a Farce, and vowed to attack rallies on Sept. 17, they attacked a campaign rally for Ghani, killing 26 and wounding 42.
The Taliban want to cancelled the election, which have canceled as a condition for intra-Afghan dialogue, and some of Ghani’s main opponent out of the race for the sake of peace.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.