UAE to grant $250m more to Afghanistan

ABU DHABI — The UAE will extend another $250 million for the reconstruction of war-ravaged Afghanistan, Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced on Wednesday night after meeting his Afghan counterpart, Dr Zalmai Rassoul.

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Nissar Hoath

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Published: Fri 26 Aug 2011, 11:07 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 5:11 AM

The UAE, being one of the biggest contributors to Afghanistan’s reconstruction, will invest the funds into infrastructure, including housing projects in Kabul and other cities.

“‘The grant is part of an aid package the UAE is offering to Afghanistan. It is also our vote of confidence on the Afghan Government for the achievements it has made despite the challenging circumstances experienced,’’ Shaikh Abdullah told at a joint press conference with Dr Rassoul at the ministry’s premises in the capital.

The joint press conference was held to highlight the discussions at the end of the first two-day meeting of the UAE-Afghanistan Joint Committee.

The UAE minister further added that the $250 million grant will be managed by the Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD). “The fund will be channeled into projects with special focus on housing for orphans, widows and people with special needs and rehabilitation of the capital, Kabul, and other provinces of Afghanistan,” said Shaikh Abdullah.

About the UAE troops stationed in Afghanistan, he said they played a key role in restoring peace and providing humanitarian services, including medical assistance to the people.

Addressing the press conference, Dr Rassoul said both the Government and the people of Afghanistan were grateful for the extensive contribution of the UAE for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country which has been going through decades of war, destroying the entire infrastructure.

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