US to withdraw and withhold funds from Afghanistan, blames corruption

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would withhold planned assistance to Afghanistan due to lack of transparency. (File photo: AFP)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday the US would return about $100 million to the treasury for an energy infrastructure project in Afghanistan and would withhold a further $60 million in planned assistance to the country due to a lack of transparency.

Pompeo said in a statement the 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.”

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

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:56 - GMT 06:56