Japan Pledges $20m to Afghanistan

KABUL: (Middle East Press) Japan on Wednesday pledged to provide $20 million or 11.4 billion afs under the Non-Project Grant Aid to Afghanistan.

Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Hiroshi Takahashi signed an agreement with the acting foreign minister Atiqullah Hatif on Wednesday concerning the provision of the grant.

The amount which provided through this Aid would contribute to ease the governmental financial gap, namely the balance between revenue and its expenses, for the time being, so that the government could persist its duty to serve Afghan people.

Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields including security, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, infrastructure and its capacity development.

Japan pledged $3 billion in aid to Afghanistan until 2017 during the Tokyo conference in July 2012.

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