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PublishDate: Monday, June 1, 2009 15:47

Belgium to increase civilian aid to Afghanistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai for his part thanked the Belgian government and Belgian people for their support to the post-Taliban Afghanistan.
The visiting Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy on Monday said his government would increase civilian aid to the war-torn Afghanistan.
After holding meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and exchanging views, Premier Rompuy told newsmen that his government would increase civilian aid to Afghanistan and contribute 12 million euros (16.9 million U.S. dollars) annually for 2009 and next year.
He further announced 1 million euros (1.4 million U.S. dollars) to Afghanistan for holding election set for Aug. 20 this year.
"Our commitment and partnership with Afghanistan is long-term commitment," Belgian Prime Minister further told newsmen at the joint press conference with President Karzai.
The European Kingdom country has some 600 troops in Afghanistan serving as part of over 70,000-strong international troops to stabilize security in the post-Taliban central Asian state.


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