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US spends $450 a year in Herat: Crocker

US spends $450 a year in Herat: Crocker

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Aug 25, 2011 - 19:16

HERAT CITY (PANinfo-icon): The United States annually spends about $450 million (2.1 billion afghanis) on reconstructioninfo-icon projects and cultural programmes in western Herat province, America's top diplomat said on Thursday.

Washington being a strategic supporter of Kabulinfo-icon would continue assisting the historical province, bordering Iran, Ambassador Ryan Crocker told a joint news conference with Herat Governor Daud Shah Saba.

He praised the progress the province had made in the fields of economy and educationinfo-icon. "A US consulate has been established in Herat and we plan to work for its enduring social and economic development."

Governor Saba said Crocker and he had discussed different issues, including economic links, public perceptions about the future of Herat and the security transition from foreign soldiers to Afghan forces.

With a population of about three million, the 15-district province's revenue last year was about $330 million. Herat was one of the areas where security control was transferred to Afghan forces from on July 17.

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