France promises long-term assistance
Visiting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius held out the assurance at a meeting with President Hamid Karzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul.The process of security transition, the war on terrorism and extremism in the region and French assistance to Afghanistan figured at the meeting, a statement from Karzai’s office said.
Hailing France as Afghanistan’s great friend, Karzai thanked Fabius for extending aid to his country over the years, the statement added. Karzai noted the progress made in the public health sector over the past 11 years but added that the Afghans still had to go abroad for the treatment of common ailments. He urged France to expand assistance to Afghanistan’s health sector.
Fabius welcomed the approval of the Afghan-French strategic agreement by parliaments of both countries. Under the agreement, France will continue to aid Afghanistan, he said. pr/mud/mxf
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