The European Union special envoy for Afghanistan, Tomas Niklasson, met with Pakistani officials over issues relevant to Afghanistan’s humanitarian support.
Pakistan's special envoy to Afghanistan, Mohammad Sadiq Khan, said on Twitter that he met Niklasson, and discussed humanitarian support for Afghanistan.
“EU is a significant donor of humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. Continuation of EU support will mitigate some of the food and health care needs of Afghan people,” Sadiq Khan said.
The Pakistani special envoy also said that his country is the largest humanitarian aid provider to Afghanistan among regional countries.
“The European Union that provided 268 million in education, health and livelihood for the people of Afghanistan. It paid its attention to the major humanitarian crisis that is facing Afghanistan,” said Seyar Qureshi, an economist.
The Ministry of Economy (MoE) said that the aid should be provided in coordination with the caretaker government’s institutions.
“We welcomed the extension of economic support of the EU in the health and education sectors. Considering the economic challenges to fight poverty and unemployment, we call on the EU and other organizations to implement their projects in coordination with the ministries and relevant institutions,” said Abdul Rahman Habib, a spokesman for the MoE.
This comes as residents of Kabul also voiced concerns and said they are need of aid now more than ever.
“We don’t have woods, we don’t have oil. We don’t have anything to eat,” said a resident of Kabul.
“It is necessary that the aid be provided fairly. It is not provided for the poor but is given to those who know someone,” said Imamudin, a resident of Kabul.
The EU in November 2022 announced a 75 million euro package in humanitarian aid for Afghanistan.