U.S. President Joe Biden has signed a memorandum on allocating $500 million to help refugees from Afghanistan. The corresponding document was published Monday, August 16, on the White House website.
“It is important to the national interest to provide no more than $500 million in assistance to meet the immediate needs of refugees, victims of conflict, and others at risk because of the situation in Afghanistan, including applicants for special immigration visas,” the document reads.
Such assistance could be provided on a bilateral or multilateral basis, depending on circumstances, including through contributions to international organizations and by funding other nongovernmental organizations and U.S. departments and agencies, the memorandum noted.
Earlier on Monday, French President Emmanuel Macron predicted uncontrolled migration from Afghanistan to Europe due to the destabilization of the situation in the country. France, together with Germany and other EU countries, will develop a program to help refugees from Afghanistan and regulate their flow.
On the same day, UN Secretary General António Guterres called on all countries to accept refugees from Afghanistan and refrain from deporting them. He pointed out that the situation in the country has already forced hundreds of thousands of people to leave their homes.
At the same time, the U.S. Department of State said that those who wish to leave Afghanistan should be allowed to leave. The Foreign Ministry urged all sides to contribute to a safe departure from Afghanistan of foreign citizens and Afghans. More than 60 countries signed the statement.
Later, the Pentagon reported that the airport in Kabul resumed operations, the U.S. military is seeking to increase the rate of evacuation and to reach a figure of 5,000 people evacuated per day.