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Cameron remarks were unexpected, says Afghan govt

Cameron remarks were unexpected, says Afghan govt

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May 11, 2016 - 19:35

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Afghan government on Wednesday said it was unexpected from the British Prime Minister to call Afghanistaninfo-icon one of the most corrupt countries.

Afghanistan and Nigeria are possibly two of the most corrupt countries in the world, the British prime minister was quoted as saying on Tuesday.

David Cameron passed the remarks while speaking to the British monarch about the countries that are going to attend an upcoming anti-corruption summit in the UK.

This comes as President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday traveled to the UK to attend the Worldinfo-icon Anti-Corruption Summit. The Afghan leader would deliver a speech at the meeting about his country’s efforts at eliminating corruption.

However, deputy presidential spokesman, Dawa Khan Minapal, told Pajhwok Afghan News such remarks from Cameron were unexpected.

He acknowledged corruption in government offices, but said the government had taken tough measures to control it.

The assessment of a thousand contracts by the National Procurement Commission (NPC) and replacing 600 judges were measures the government took in this regard, Minapal argued. He said the government was decisively fighting corruption.

Minapal said reforms in customs departments and increase in the gross income also showed Afghanistan was trying to eliminate corruption.

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