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Obama admin wants Congress to OK $1.25b aid to Afghanistan

Obama admin wants Congress to OK $1.25b aid to Afghanistan

Apr 28, 2016 - 12:50

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Obama administration has urged Congress to approve $1.25 in its upcoming budget for continued assistance to Afghanistanand $742 million for Pakistaninfo-icon.

The US special representative told Congress on Wednesday: “We have carefully calibrated our 2017 budget request, balancing global funding constraints and our national interests in stability in Afghanistaninfo-icon and Pakistan.”

Richard Olson the $1.25 billion request for Afghanistan was seventeen percent below the president’s 2016 proposal. “We deem this level as necessary to maintain and expand the development gains made over the last 14 years.”

However, he added, the reduction reflected the administration’s policy of responsibly shifting to more sustainable levels, as Afghan capacity increased.

Olson said in his opening remarks before the House Foreign Affairs Committeethat Pakistan was at strategic crossroads, and it had to make a choice to combat all terrorist groups indiscriminately.

PANinfo-icon Monitor/mud

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