By: Suraya Raiszada
KABUL: As gaps between Afghan politicians have been widen, a US senior official has said international aid to Afghanistan requires an inclusive government in the country.
Alice Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, in a tweet has said the international requires partnership with an inclusive government in Afghanistan.
“It can’t be business as usual for international donors in Afghanistan. International aid requires partnership with an inclusive government and we all must hold Afghan leaders accountable to agree on a governing arrangement,” tweeted Alice Wells.
This comes as the dispute between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah is still unresolved. Previously, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his recent to Afghanistan had stressed on solution of the current gaps between President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah.
After returning from Afghanistan, the US Secretary of State had informed of reviewing his country’s aid to Afghanistan, saying that he would suggest cutting $1bln in aid to Afghanistan during the current year.
Meanwhile, a number of political figures including Hamid Karzai and Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf have started mediation to solve the gaps between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah, saying that their efforts to reach an understanding are going well. The two political figures have asked President Ghani to postpone the appointment process of government officials for a period. They have also asked Abdullah Abdullah to extend the deadline for reaching an agreement with the government.
Wahid Omar, a senior advisor to President Ghani in public and strategic affairs, wrote on his twitter account that President Ghani has postponed the appointment of cabinet members and the decision was made to provide an opportunity for political talks.
Omar said President Ghani delayed the appointment of new Cabinet members for five days to provide further chances for political negotiations.
On the other hand, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has promised that his cabinet would be inclusive and merit and based on partnership of all the people of Afghanistan.
During the past 19 years, the government of Afghanistan has received most of its aid from the international community as the big portion of funding and equipment of ANDSF is provided by the US.
A number of Afghan political experts believe that Afghanistan will face with big challenges if donor countries cut or reduce in aid to Afghanistan as the international community aid is necessary and effective for Afghanistan.
Based on the World Bank’s recent report, Afghanistan will still need the international community aid after any peace deal with the Taliban group.
The report warns that even after a settlement with the Taliban the country would still require financial assistance at near current levels, as much as $7 billion a year for several years to come, to be able to sustain its most basic services.
Therefore, it is time that leaders of Afghanistan reach an agreement and solve their problems through talks so that Afghanistan can reach development in all sectors.