France to help attract foreign aid for Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The French ambassador on Sunday said he would persuade his counterparts in Kabul to increase their countries’ cooperation and assistance with eastern Nangarhar province in areas of higher education, agriculture and development projects.
Many foreign organizations either suspended or reduced their activities in Nangarhar following the emergence of Afghanistan chapter of the self-styled Islamic State militant outfit in the Shinwari zone.
In this regard, French envoy Jean Michel Marlaud, during a meeting with Nangarhar governor Salim Khan Kunduzi, promised he would initiate talks with ambassadors of foreign countries on his return to Kabul from Jalalabad.
Kunduzi’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told Pajhwok Afghan News that the French ambassador said he would invite foreign envoys to extend their countries’ development programmes to Nangarhar.
Jean Michel Marlaud said his country had approved scholarships for Nangarhar students besides assisting agriculture and livestock sectors of the province.
Governor Kunduzi urged the French envoy to provide technical aid, training and improved quality seeds to Nangarhar farmers.
“France has established a well-equipped hospital in Kabul and we expect Paris to open a special ward in the civil hospital of Nangarhar in order local residents are offered good healthcare services,” he said.
In response, the French ambassador said his country would cooperate with Nangarhar in this regard.
A resident of Jalalabad, Burhanullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News that foreign organizations had lately reduced their activities in the provincial capital, causing joblessness.
He said he was working with a foreign NGO which closed its office in Jalalabad three months ago, rendering all workers jobless.
He said if the foreign firms resumed their activities, it would create jobs and overcome joblessness to some extent.
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