Afghan aid conference adopts Tokyo declaration
Delegates at the Afghan aid conference in Tokyo have pledged to donate 16 billion dollars to Afghanistan through 2015.
The representatives from about 80 countries and international organizations closed the meeting on Sunday by adopting a declaration. The participants included Afghan President Hamid Karzai, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
They agreed to maintain their support for Afghanistan after the NATO-led international troops withdraw by the end of 2014. They pledged to donate 16 billion dollars through 2015 for reconstruction and development.
They confirmed that the international community will offer training and equipment to the Afghan security forces to prevent the country from becoming a hotbed of terrorists.
The donor countries asked Afghanistan to build safeguards against corruption and hold fair elections.
The participating countries agreed to hold a biannual ministerial conference to ensure that the donors and Afghanistan are taking action to achieve their goals.
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told reporters that he thinks his government was able to take leadership in sending out a strategic message that the international community will engage in Afghanistan’s sustainable development.
Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal said he is very happy with the support from the international community. He said anti-corruption measures are essential for the Afghan people as well.
Jul. 8, 2012 – Updated 15:12 UTC (00:12 JST).
Afghanistan to get $16bln
The world community will grant Afghanistan over $16bln, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihico Noda confirmed at the opening of an international conference on Afghanistan in Tokyo today.
According to international estimates, exactly this sum is required for the restoration and development of the country in the next few years.
Representatives of over 80 countries and organizations are taking part in the conference, among them special representative of the Russian president on Afghanistan Zamir Kabulov.
The main task of the forum is to determine the strategy of supporting Afghanistan’s development in the near future and after the withdrawal of NATO troops from the country in 2014.
Jul 8, 2012 16:26
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