WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, on Tuesday released the following statement on the administration’s decision to send $308 million in humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan:

“There are hard choices involved in national security policy, and I stand by President Biden’s decision to end our forever war in Afghanistan. Since the Taliban’s takeover of the country, the economy has been in freefall. But the Afghan people are the ones bearing the brunt of the crisis, unable to find food or other basic necessities to survive,” said Murphy. “The United States of America has a moral obligation to prevent avoidable suffering and a national security imperative to do what we can to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe. I’m glad the administration is providing additional aid to help alleviate the dire humanitarian situation affecting the Afghan people, and I look forward to continuing to work with President Biden and our allies to ensure U.S. national security interests are protected in the region.”