March 23, 2020 / 11:00 PM / 15 days ago

Washington cuts Afghanistan aid by $1 billion due Ghani-Abdullah feud, Pompeo says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is reducing aid to Afghanistan by $1 billion (870 million pounds) and is prepared to cut a similar amount in 2021 because of the ongoing feud between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his political rival, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday.

“We will also initiate a review of all of our programs and projects to identify additional reductions, and reconsider our pledges to future donor conferences for Afghanistan,” Pompeo said in a statement after a day-long mediation mission to Kabul.

Reporting by Jonathan Landay; Editing by Sandra Maler

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