Europe

Donors to help embattled government of Afghanistan

  • Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah delivers a speech during a Conference on Afghanistan in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The two-day conference, hosted by the EU, will have the participation of over 70 countries to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

    Chief Executive of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah delivers a speech during a Conference on Afghanistan in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The two-day conference, hosted by the EU, will have the participation of over 70 countries to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)  (The Associated Press)

  • Slovakia's foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak attends a conference on Afghanistan in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The two-day conference, hosted by the EU, will have the participation of over 70 countries to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

    Slovakia's foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak attends a conference on Afghanistan in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The two-day conference, hosted by the EU, will have the participation of over 70 countries to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghan first lady Rula Ghani delivers a speech during a conference on Afghanistan in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The two-day conference, hosted by the EU, will have the participation of over 70 countries to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)

    Afghan first lady Rula Ghani delivers a speech during a conference on Afghanistan in Brussels, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. The two-day conference, hosted by the EU, will have the participation of over 70 countries to discuss the current situation in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Thierry Monasse)  (The Associated Press)

Afghanistan's leaders and officials from over 70 nations are gathering in Brussels seeking to drum up billions of dollars for the cash-strapped government as it battles a powerful Taliban insurgency and rampant corruption.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday that the EU "will pledge 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) and we would expect a similar level engagement from our partners."

She denied reports the bloc is making aid conditional on Afghanistan taking back people who have fled to Europe, saying there is "never a link between our development aid and what we do on migration."

With donor fatigue growing after 15 years of war, EU officials said ahead of the meeting that it was unclear whether the target of $4 billion would be reached.