USAID promises continued aid to Afghanistan

KABUL: (MEP) – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged to have long-term economic assistance to Afghanistan, promising to raise the aid after 2014.

Following the deep concerns of Afghanistan people over possible worsening economic situation after NATO exit in 2014, the USAID has promised to not leave Afghanistan alone.

“The U.S. Agency for International Development will have continued presence in Afghanistan. We will be there in Afghanistan for a long time as in many countries around the world. USAID will continue running economic development programs,” said David Bailey, USAID advisor on international economic development. Ariana news reported.

However, the Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries officials strongly criticize delay in the singing of bilateral security agreement between Kabul and Washington.

The ACCI officials warn if the security accord not signed with America, the economic situation of Afghanistan will be more deteriorated.

The Loya Jirga (Grand Assembly) recently affirmed the bilateral security agreement but President Hamid Karzai is refusing to ink the agreement, insisting on his conditions to be accepted by America.

President Hamid Karzai has asked the US to stop raiding Afghan civilian homes and ensure security stability of Afghanistan.

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