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Kazakhstan allocates 2 million US dollars for projects supporting Afghan security forces

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Kazakhstan decided to allocate 2 million US dollars for projects supporting the Afghan security forces, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov said at the Brussels conference on Afghanistan.

E.Idrissov recalled that Astana continues to provide political and practical support to Afghanistan. In particular, Kazakhstan promotes initiatives aimed at development of regional infrastructure with the participation of Afghanistan, including expansion of network of cross-border railways, projects of high-voltage power transmission line CASA-1000 and a pipeline from Central Asia to the south (TAPI).

“Kazakhstan, as well as the entire international community, adheres to the economically sustainable and safe development of Afghanistan,” E.Idrissov said at the conference.

According to him, strengthening security and infrastructure of peaceful life in this long-suffering country will have a major positive impact on the situation in the Central Asia.

In addition, Kazakhstan provides a technical and humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan in bilateral and multilateral formats.

“Implementation of projects in Afghanistan is one of priority directions of activities of a newly establishing the National Agency on provision of official development aid and technical assistance KazAID, E.Idrissov said.

Recall that in August, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) launched a pilot project of Kazakh official development assistance aimed at improving the economic independence and rights of Afghan women.

At the same time, Kazakhstan continues to implement a program initiated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev in 2009 on providing educational scholarships for one thousand young Afghans.

At the moment, 994 Afghan students received a chance to get education in Kazakh educational institutions of higher and secondary vocational education in peace professions.

“At the request of the Afghan leadership, in 2015-2016 our country organized an additional admission of Afghan students (50 and 100 people). We are proud that over 330 Afghans in Kazakhstan completed training under this program, and today take part in efforts to rebuild their country,” the Head of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said.

E. Idrissov emphasized that Kazakhstan decided to allocate 2 million US dollars to support the Afghan security forces projects. The Minister further stressed that in the course of its membership in the UN Security Council in 2017-2018, Kazakhstan intends to focus on solving problems of the Central Asia, including further stabilization in Afghanistan.

At the final communique of the Brussels conference on Afghanistan the representatives of the international community expressed political support for the efforts of the Afghan government to strengthen institutions of the peaceful life in the country and pledged additional financial support for stabilization and further development of Afghanistan for the period up to 2020. Following the event, they decided to allocate up to 15 billion US dollars for the period up to 2020.

Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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