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USAID pledges $791m aid to Afghanistan

AT-KABUL: The United State Agency for International Development (USAID)  on Monday announced donation of $791.16 million in assistance to the government of Afghanistan to support programs that achieve Afghan-led, sustainable development.

US Agency for International Development (USAID) Director Herbert Smith and Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi signed agreements to assist development projects.

“These agreements are a testament to the enduring partnership between the American and the Afghan people. Over the next 12-months, this funding will enable us to implement projects and deliver valued services to our citizens across Afghanistan,” Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said.

“These are some of the first practical steps we are taking to deliver on our commitments and the pledges that were made at the Brussels Conference to help Afghanistan achieve self-reliance,” he added.

USAID Director Herbert Smith, said the documents just signed begin to implement the multi-year pledge that the United States made at the recent Afghanistan donor’s conference in Brussels, where the US underscored its enduring commitment to the people of Afghanistan and its National Unity Government.

“This document reaffirms US determination to support the government of Afghanistan in efforts to strengthen Afghanistan’s institutions, maintain gains in education and health services achieved in recent years, and improve the welfare of the Afghan people,” Herbert said.

The funds obligated under the agreements will support programs that achieve strategic development objectives, including a thriving economy led by the private sectors, a democratic government with broad citizen participation, and a better educated and healthier Afghan population.

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