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EU Quadruples Humanitarian Aid For Afghans To More Than $234 Million


European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has announced an increase in humanitarian support for Afghans to more than 200 million euros ($234 million) from the current 50 million euros.

"This humanitarian aid will come on top of member states' contributions to help the people of Afghanistan," von der Leyen said on Twitter, adding that she would announce the additional support at a G7 summit later in the day.

According to von der Leyen, the aid will benefit people inside Afghanistan as well as refugees. The aid will be conditional on the respect of human and women's rights, according to an EU official.

In view of the Taliban's seizure of power in Afghanistan, the heads of state and government of the G7 countries want to discuss the further course of action and aid for the population at a video conference on August 24 in the afternoon.

The group of important industrialized countries includes the United States, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Japan, and Canada. The top representatives of the EU are also always present.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa

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