EU to step up Afghan humanitarian aid by another 100 million

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The EU is to step up its jointly financed humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan by a further 100 million euros (120 million dollars), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said.

This would be part of a new, wider Afghan support package to be unveiled in the coming weeks, von der Leyen said.

The bloc already upped its aid pledge this year to 200 million euros shortly after the Taliban takeover, but froze payments from its much larger budget for development.

Individual member states also make donations to Afghanistan.

The turmoil in the Central Asian nation highlights the need for better European defence cooperation, the EU official said.

Setting up a joint situational awareness centre and waiving value added tax on defence equipment sales within the bloc could help, she suggested.