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India pledges $20.4 million in fresh development aid to Afghanistan

By Khaama Press - Wed Mar 09 2016, 7:50 pm

Fresh India aid to AfghanistanThe government of India and Afghanistan signed 12 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday as India pledged $20.4 million in fresh development aid to Afghanistan.

The MoUs were signed by the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra and a number of the Afghan cabinet ministers, in the presence of Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah.

Welcoming India’s comprehensive support in different sectors in the country, CEO Abdullah said India remains a strategic and committed friend of Afghanistan, implementing major development projects in the country, noting the construction of the new parliament building.

CEO Abdullah called on the relevant ministries to properly allocate the funds, considering transparency, efficiency and balance in the performance of their work.

Meanwhile, the Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mr. Manpreet Vohra, said India has invested over $2 billion in various sectors in Afghanistan since 2001, emphasizing on friendly relations between the two nations.

He said the government of India is hopeful that the funds are spent in a transparent and precise way so that it can bring changes in the lives of the Afghan people in different sectors.

India has played a crucial role by participating in the rebuilding of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Since 2002, the Government of India has committed around USD 2 billion dollars to the socio-economic rebuilding of the Afghan state and society in accordance with the development priorities of the Government and the people of Afghanistan.

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