Blinken, Red Cross discuss Afghanistan situation

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Blinken, Red Cross discuss Afghanistan situation

Washington, January 15 ANI US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met on Friday local time UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross ICRC Peter Maurer and discussed the situation in Afghanistan.

Blinken met with UN Under-Senior General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths and President of the International Committee of the Red Cross Peter Maurer today about efforts to strengthen humanitarian assistance and other activities supporting basic human needs in Afghanistan and Ethiopia, State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

The United States' latest contribution of more than USD 308 million towards humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan and the U.S. s commitment to support the people of Afghanistan will be highlighted by a statement that will go to humanitarian organisations and help with emergency food aid, water, sanitation and hygiene services, as well as humanitarian aid for the people of Afghanistan.

Under-Secretary General Griffiths, under-Secretary-General Griffiths, and ICRC President Maurer discussed how to protect and support aid groups in overcoming challenges related to Afghanistan's extremely difficult operational landscape to ensure aid reaches the people who need it most, and expand the pool of humanitarian donors, read the statement.

The US Secretary of State noted that the Department's robust and growing engagement on women's issues in Afghanistan at senior levels, including the appointment of Rina Amiri as Special Envoy on Afghan Women, Girls, and Human Rights.

The Secretary, Under-Secretary General Griffiths, and ICRC President Maurer also discussed the need for a cessation of hostilities, including air strikes in northern Ethiopia, as well as steps toward a political settlement.