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EU donates €125m to Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The European Union is due to donate 125 million Euros to Afghanistan, finance ministry said.

Finance Minister, Eklil Ahmad Hakimi during a visit to Belgium, signed an incentive program agreement in the framework of mutual accountability, amounting EUR 125 million in assistance from the EU to the Afghan Government, with the EU Development Coordination Asia, Central Asia, Middle East/Gulf and Pacific Director Mr. Pierre Amilhat, the ministry said in a statement.

“Hakimi met European Union Human Right Vice President, Federica Mogherini and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Development of the 28-EU members,” the statement said.

Hakimi briefed the session on the upcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan (4-5 October), said a statement of the Ministry of Finance.

“He also presented the new Afghan National Development Framework and talked about the recent economic achievements of the National Unity Government,” the statement added.

Mogherini underlined the EU’s continued engagement with Afghanistan, both politically and financially with a high level of development assistance (EUR 200 million per year until 2020), stressing that “helping Afghanistan not only helps the Afghan people, but it is also an investment into our security and stability in Europe”.

According to the statement, Hakimi during his visit to the EU Council briefed the media about the Afghan Government’s expectations out of the forthcoming Brussels Conference on Afghanistan.

Later, he joined a Brussels-based Think Tank session organized by Friends of Europe, where he talked about economic opportunities and the recent development in Afghanistan.

 

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