Donors pledge $2.44 billion for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan

MONITORING (SW) – A total of 41 donor countries pledged more than $2.44 billion towards the United Nations $4.4 billion appeal for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, the world body said on Thursday, as international concerns grew over the Taliban denying girls a secondary education.

US, Qatari officials discuss evacuation from Afghanistan

MONITORING (SW) – Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani held a phone call with Secretary of State of the United States of America HE Antony Blinken on Afghanistan, confirmed an official statement on Monday.

80 Americans in Afghanistan waiting for evacuation flights

MONITORING (SW) – There are currently about 80 Americans in Afghanistan who want to leave the country, but evacuation flights have been grounded by the Taliban for about a month, according to a State Department official and two congressional sources familiar with the matter.
It is unclear when the flights will resume, the sources said.

Qatar to represent U.S. diplomatic interests in Afghanistan

MONITORING (SW) – The United States and Qatar signed an accord on Friday for Qatar to represent U.S. diplomatic interests in Afghanistan, an important signal of possible future direct engagement between Washington and the Taliban after two decades of war.