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Sweden promises $1.2b in assistance

Sweden promises $1.2b in assistance

May 05, 2014 - 19:57

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Promising increased aid, Swedish Ambassador and Senior Civilian Representative Jonas Westerlund on Monday said his country would spend $1.2 billion in Afghanistaninfo-icon over the next decade.

He told a press conference in the capital of northern Samangan province that troops from his country with the Provincial Reconstructioninfo-icon Team (PRTinfo-icon) would wrap up their mission in Afghanistan this summer.

He said after the formal withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan, a new mission would be launched and the Swedish government would increase its cooperation with Afghanistan in the new mission.

For the next 10 years, he said, 50 percent of the $1.2 billion aid would be spent directly by the Afghan government.

After 2014, he said, Afghanistan would be the first country to receive such a colossal amount in aid, which would be spent on business, educationinfo-icon, healthinfo-icon and economy sectors.   

The envoy also said if the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) was signed between Afghanistan and the United States, his country would keep 50 soldiers in Afghanistan.



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