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France promises long-term assistance

Governance & Politics

French Foreign Minister Laurent Febious

France promises long-term assistance

Oct 20, 2012 - 20:14

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): France on Saturday promised to extend its assistance to Afghanistaninfo-icon beyond 2014, when NATOinfo-icon-led combat troops are scheduled to leave the country.

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 healthinfo-icon 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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