Participants of the International Donor Conference in Brussels pledged over $15 billion to support Afghanistan. The funds will be allocated over the next 4 years. The conference on Afghanistan deal brought together the representatives from nearly 80 countries and 20 international organizations. Kazakhstan’s delegation was led by Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov.

 

Erlan IDRISSOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Kazakhstan has always taken a proactive stance on Afghanistan. We have our own national program on assistance to Afghanistan. Kazakhstan rendered humanitarian and technical assistance worth $20 million over the years. These funds helped to implement a number of infrastructure projects. Of course, we also support international efforts on providing military security in Afghanistan, the fight against terrorism. In this regard, Kazakhstan has confirmed its commitment to allocate $2 million to support the Afghan armed forces.

 

In addition, Kazakhstan implements the educational assistance project for Afghanistan citizens. $50 million  allocated to train 1,000 students from this country is already bearing fruit - 300 graduates of Kazakh universities returned to work for the benefit of their homeland. 

    

Zakaria HASSANI, JOURNALIST FROM AFGHANISTAN:

And I appreciate that our Kazakhstan friends for giving such kind of scholarships and such kind of help, having such kind of cooperation with Afghan people and we are looking forward of extending such kind of cooperation. And it is really vital for Afghan people.

 

Conference participants agreed to set up period for Afghanistan’s development until 2024 as the ‘transformation period’ when the country will make every effort to overcome the crisis and to embark on further development.                

Erlan IDRISSOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

Our cooperation will now take into account Kazakhstan's membership in the UN Security Council since January 2017. Kazakhstan has outlined Afghanistan and Central Asia as its main priorities in the UN Security Council. With a help of our international partners, we want to ensure a very substantive balanced and well-informed discussion of the situation in Afghanistan in the Security Council and we hope that we will be able to go on a positive and full productive resolution that launches real projects on security and economic development in Afghanistan and in the entire Central Asia. 

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