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Blaming corruption US withholds $60 mn planned assistance to Afghanistan

Blaming corruption US withholds $60 mn planned assistance to Afghanistan

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Sep 20, 2019 - 09:41

 

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said Washington would return about $100 million to the treasury for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistaninfo-icon and would withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance to the country due to a lack of transparency, a statement said on Thursday.

US would complete the infrastructure project, but would do so using an “‘off-budget’ mechanism,” faulting Afghanistan for an “inability to transparently manage US Government resources,” the statement said.

“Due to identified Afghan Government corruption and financial mismanagement, the U.S. Government is returning approximately $100 million to the U.S. Treasury that was intended for a large energy infrastructure project,” he added.

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