Kazakhstan allocated 2 mn dollars for projects supporting Afghan security forces
E. Idrissov recalled that Astana continues to provide political and practical support to Afghanistan. In particular, Kazakhstan promotes initiatives aimed at the development of regional infrastructure with the participation of Afghanistan, including the expansion of the network of cross-border railway, projects of high-voltage power transmission line CASA-1000 and the pipeline from Central Asia to the south (TAPI).
“Kazakhstan as well as the entire international community, is committed to the safe and economically sustainable development of Afghanistan,” E. Idrissov said at the conference.
According to him, the strengthening of peace and security of the infrastructure in this long-suffering country will have a major positive impact on the situation in Central Asia.
At the same time, Kazakhstan continues to implement programs on providing educational grants to study in our country of one thousand young Afghans, which was initiated by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2009.
At the moment, 994 Afghan students have already received a chance to study at the Kazakh educational institutions of higher and secondary vocational education.
“Extra selection of Afghan students (50 and 100) was held at the request of the Afghan leadership in 2015-2016. We are proud that more than 330 Afghans in Kazakhstan have completed training under this program and are now taking part in efforts to rebuild their country, ” the head of Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry has said.
E. Idrissov emphasized that Kazakhstan decided to allocate 2 million dollars to support the projects of Afghan security forces. The Minister stressed that in the course of its membership in the UN Security Council for 2017-2018, Kazakhstan intends to focus on solving the problems of Central Asia, including the further stabilization of Afghanistan.
In the final communique of the Brussels conference on Afghanistan, the international community have expressed political support for the Afghan government’s efforts to strengthen the institutions of a peaceful life in the country and pledged additional financial support for the stabilization and further development of Afghanistan for the period up to 2020. Following the event, it was decided to allocate up to15 billion dollars until 2020.
Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan