US cuts USD 1 billion aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo trip to Kabul

The slash was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after his visit to Kabul to meet with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdulla.
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Updated: Mar 24,2020 05:41:02 pm

US cuts USD 1 billion aid to Afghanistan after Pompeo trip to Kabul

24 March 2020 Current Affairs:The United States has cut $1 billion in assistance to Afghanistan as Afghan's leaders failed to agree on forming a new government. The slash was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after his visit to Kabul to meet with Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdulla.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah informed Pompeo that they do not agree on an inclusive government that can meet the challenges of governance, peace, and security, and provides for the health and welfare of Afghan citizens.

Background:
The US has supported the Afghan government since it invaded the country in 2001 and overthrew the Taliban after the 9/11 attacks. The US withdrew its troops from Afghanistan under the terms of its agreement with the Taliban. As per the agreement, the US will continue to withdraw its troops in the next several months from about 13,000 to 8,600.
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