UAE to honour all Afghan pledges: envoy
The UAE envoy, who called on the president at the presidential palace here, said pledges with Afghanistan in areas of training Afghan religious scholars, scholarships to Afghan students and continued economic assistance would be honoured, a statement from the Presidential Palace said.
He briefed the Afghan leader on development projects being supported by the UAE in Afghanistan. Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani was also present at the meeting.
The UAE ambassador as many as 100 Afghan students would be provided scholarships in four years and 10 Afghan Education Ministry officials would be imparted technical training in the UAE.
The envoy said his country had trained 18,700 Afghan religious scholars and planned to train another 1,300 scholars.
In addition, he said, the UAE would send 340 Afghan religious scholars on scholarship to Al Azhar University to complete bachelor and honor degrees.
President Ghani thanked Yusuf Saif Al Ali and his government for helping Afghanistan in different areas. The president asked the envoy to ensure that Afghan businessmen and their assets were protected in the UAE.
Earlier, the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) had said that the UAE government had created problems for 600 Afghan businessmen without any solid reason.
Relations between the two countries entered a new era after President Ghani visited the island a couple of months back.
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