US envoy warns of aid cut if Afghanistan fails to make progress curbing corruption
Speaking an annual anti-corruption conference in Kabul, Bass said that corruption in Afghanistan is the issue that most imperils the continued financial support from the international community that the government and the wider society require – today and tomorrow.
“Imagine the Taliban embrace significant reductions in violence necessary to begin intra-Afghan negotiations. Imagine the result of those negotiations was a settlement within the current constitutional framework of the Islamic Republic, as you desire. Imagine the Taliban are ready to lay down their weapons and make peace,” Bass said.
“Even if all of these steps occurred, failure of a settlement is still quite possible – because governments, international financial institutions and commercial lenders will not provide the financia