SIGAR: US and EU have different priorities in Afghanistan

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has highlighted the differing priorities of the United States and the European Union (EU) in Afghanistan.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, SIGAR pointed out that European countries have placed a high emphasis on ensuring security for the citizens of Afghanistan and establishing the rule of law. In contrast, the United States has given priority to counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan.

These tweets were part of SIGAR’s response to questions posed by US Senator Charles E. Grassley about SIGAR’s operations in Afghanistan.

On May 8, Senator Grassley sent a letter to SIGAR, seeking information about Afghanistan and its key challenges in successful reconstruction within a war zone. He inquired about the measures taken by SIGAR to address these issues in Afghanistan.

Senator Grassley stated that the purpose of his inquiry is to draw insights from past mistakes to ensure that they do not happen again.

Since the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the withdrawal of foreign forces, both the United States and the European Union have been major contributors in handling the humanitarian crisis in the country.