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The United States on Tuesday pledged $600 million for humanitarian aid to civilians in Afghanistan next year, Reuters reported.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that choices made in peace talks will affect the size and scope of future international support to Afghanistan, and that Washington would review progress in a year’s time.

President Donald Trump’s decision earlier this month to draw down US troops in Afghanistan “does not signal change in policy,” US under secretary of state David Hale told a Geneva pledging conference.

“We stand ready to support Afghanistan and to that end we’ve made available $600 million for civilian assistance needs in 2021. We’re pleased to pledge today $300 million of that money with the remaining $300 million available as we review progress in the peace process,” Hale said.

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