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US Expands its Embassy in Afghanistan

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Khaama Press
Khaama Press
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The US ambassador in Kabul said expansion of the US embassy to some Afghan provinces will cost $511 million which “is an indication for a long term commitment”

Karl Eikenberry, the US Ambassador to Afghanistan said the extension of the US Embassy will be beneficial ensuring security, and improving economy in the country.

Expansion of the US embassy is included the construction of consulates in Kabul, Herat and Balkh provinces and it is believed that the projects will provide job opportunities for more than 600 Afghans.

A funding of $40 million is allocated to Afghan construction companies to run the projects.

Mr Eikenberry said the need for expansion of the US embassy in Afghanistan is the long-term commitment of the US government to Afghanistan.

“Now although United States embassy projects by law anywhere in the world must be awarded to the United States contractors,” He said. “It’s estimated that these projects will infuse over $150 million into the local economy right here in Kabul through the employment of local Afghan workers and sub-contractors to the purchase of local materials which we put a priority on.”

He said that the construction of US embassy consulates in Kabul, Herat and northern Balkh provinces has begun.

He said: “Let me conclude by just saying this, it is very substantial the United Sates’ investment and construction in its Kabul embassy here, in the Mazar and Herat consulates, is an indication as I said at the start is an action, is a deed, that you can take as a long-term commitment of the United States government to the government of Afghanistan.”

The projects will be ready for use until summer of 2014, he said.
Source: Tolo News

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