US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told ABC’s Good Morning America that the US intends to continue sending health, food and other forms of humanitarian aid to the Afghan people.
He also said that other forms of cash aid, including economic and developmental assistance, would depend on whether the Taliban ‘follow through on their commitments’ including to allow safe passage for Americans still in Afghanistan.
‘It’s going to be up to them and we will wait and see by their actions how we end up responding in terms of the economic and developmental assistance,’ he said.
Sullivan insisted that any aid would flow through ‘international institutions’ and not directly to the Taliban, however the militant group is now in full control of the country’s government and banking system.
Sullivan has faced intense criticism and even calls for his resignation from critics who blame him for downplaying concerns from military and intelligence officials ahead of the disastrous US withdrawal.
Meanwhile, coffins draped with the US, UK and French flags as well as NATO’s insignia were paraded through the streets of Khost on Tuesday by crowds waving the Taliban’s flag, hours after the final US plane departed.
The taunting ceremony followed the deaths of 13 US troops in an ISIS-K suicide bombing last week at the Kabul airport, where fireworks lit up the sky and celebratory gunfire rattled as the final American troops left on Monday night.