“Failure on either account would see Afghanistan slide backwards with catastrophic consequences, possibly on a large scale, including further displacement,” Grandi cautioned in a statement.
Every four years, donor countries gather to pledge aid to struggling Afghanistan, which after 19 years of promised changes and efforts to expand the economy, remains almost entirely dependent on foreign assistance.
Grandi said that the nearly 300,000 Afghans who were displaced within Afghanistan this year due to violence remain in “acute need of humanitarian assistance.
The same goes for the almost three million people who were recently homeless and the nine million who lost their livelihoods due to the crisis of Covid-19.
Grandi also said it was imperative that peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban should be completed, calling for the resumption of power in Afghanistan after their ouster during the 2001 US invasion.
Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani encouraged the global community to establish a mechanism to help bring stability to Afghanistan.
According to a video call from Kabul, this could help ensure peace and political stability and contain and eliminate the interrelated threats of terrorist networks” to Afghanistan and the region. Ghani is expected to give a keynote speech on Tuesday at the meeting.
On Twitter, Ross Wilson, the US Chargé d’Affaires in Kabul, said Washington was prepared to maintain its financial assistance.
“In supporting Afghanistan as it moves towards self-reliance, we are joining the donor community, building on the accomplishments and investments of the last nineteen years,” Wilson said on Twitter.
In the meantime the Qatar peace talks have made no progress and the US expects to cut its soldiers’ presence in Afghanistan in the coming weeks, ahead of the complete withdrawal of all international troops by next May.