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Australia pledges $300m in aid over next 3 years

Australia pledges $300m in aid over next 3 years

Jun 06, 2015 - 15:48

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) official in Kabul Scott Kelleher on Saturday said Afghanistaninfo-icon would remain among the top four aid receivers from his country.

Kelleher, who called on President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the Presidential Palace, assured his country’s continued support for Afghanistan. He said his country would provide Afghanistan with $100 million in aid per year over the next three years.

A statement from the Presidential Palace said the aid would be focused on agricultureinfo-icon, public finance management, support for womeninfo-icon and children and construction of roads.

President Ghani expressed his gratitude to Australia’s support in various sectors, insisting that Afghanistan wanted to develop its infrastructure.

Ghani also sought Australia’s expertise in sustainable urban planning and development in Kabul City and support for women’s shelters. The president said an all-women’s university would be launched soon.

Mattew Anderson, the Australian ambassador to Afghanistan, was also present at the meeting.


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